"The birth of my daughter is a prize greater than the podium"

The Australian Richie Porte reached, at the age of 35 and for the first time in his sporting career, the drawer of a great: third of the 2020 Tour.


Richie Porte used to stay up in the early hours to watch the Australians compete on the Tour: “I was following Stuart O'Grady, Bradley McGee or Baden Cooke in detail. Those cyclists are my heroes and Cadel Evans, the best of all, the first Tour champion for Australia (in 2011) and podium in the big three ”. Ian and Penny, Porte's parents, did not go to bed on the day of the La Planche chrono until four in the morning. Their 35-year-old son had told them that he would reach third place: “He fulfilled it, and also when he returns home, something much better will await him than the culmination of his sporting career” .

Because the Tasmanian and his wife had a girl in the middle of the Tour: “Gemma allowed me to come and fight for my dream. Now I can hang my photo on the Champs Elysees on a wall. But the birth of my daughter means a much bigger prize than the drawer of Paris ”. After three seasons at BMC and two at Trek as leader, he ends his contract and it is rumored that his return to Ineos is close. He admits it himself: “I have probably played my last Tour as a boss, so for me it is very special to put this icing on my career”. During confinement, he trained on the balcony of his home in Monaco, and for once he did not irreversibly spoil things: “My effort cost me to get here. Although I almost made a new disaster in the Lavaur fans, it was solved. ”

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