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Richie Porte Photo Gallery

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About Richie Porte:

Richie Porte, born January 30, 1985, in Launceston, Tasmania, was a very talented rider whose win list should have been much longer, but he was regularly hit with bad luck and illness.

He turned pro for the Tasmanian Continental team Praties in 2008 and rode for them for two years. In 2008 He was fifth in the Herald Sun Tour and finished ninth in The Tour Down Under, proving he could handle high-end pro racing.

In 2010 he stepped up to high-end pro racing with a move to the Saxo Bank team. In the 2010 Giro d'Italia he not only wore the leader's pink jersey in stages 11 - 13, he won the Best Young Rider classification. Richie Porte had arrived.

The next year, still riding for Saxo bank, he won time trials in both the Vuelta a Castilla Y León and the Post Danmark Rundt.

In 2012 he signed with Team Sky where much of his effort was devoted to being a high-end domestique for Tony Martin, Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins, though he did win Portugal's Volta ao Algarve.

In 2013, still with Sky, Porte arrived. He won Paris-Nice and both the GC and points classification of the Critérium International.

At the start of 2014 he looked good, winning a stage at the Tour Down Under, but then had trouble even finishing races, though he did end up 23rd at the end of the Tour de France. He had to end his troubled season early after he was found to have contracted pneumonia.

2015 was his last season with Sky and his early season was stunning. He won Paris-Nice, Volta a Catalunya and the Giro del Trentino. He was second in the Tour Down Under. Come the Tour de France, he worked as a domestique for Chris Froome where his work was probably the reason Froome was able to win.

The next three years he rode for Team BMC. He 2016 Tour de France was foiled by both mechanical troubles and a fall on the stage 12 climb up Mont Ventoux when a TV motorbike stopped just in front of him.

His 2017 season started well. He won the Tour Down Under and the Tour de Romandie and also a stage in Paris- Nice. In the Tour he crashed badly in stage nine and had to abandon.

His 2018 was a repeat of 2017 with a good start when he won the Tour de Suisse. And in the Tour he crashed out of the race in stage 9 (again!) with a broken collarbone.

The next two years were with Trek-Segafredo with no notable wins in 2019. In 2020 he won the Tour Down Under for the second time and for the first time in his career he ended up on the podium of the Tour de France after finishing third.

The final two years of his career were spent riding for the INEOS Grenadiers team. He bad luck held when he crashed in the first stage of the 2021 Paris-Nice after hitting a water bottle. He was in agony, yet he still tried to finish the stage. It was too much and with 15 kilometers remaining in the stage he quit the race.

He recovered and went on to win the Critérium du Dauphiné. His Tour de France started badly with more than one crash in stage one and again he fell in stage nine. He finished 38th, but after that Tour he said he would not race it again.

He raced in 2022 with no notable results. He abandoned his final Grand Tour, The Giro d'Italia during stage 19 after getting sick. The Tour of Britain was his final race, where he finished 83rd after 15 seasons of professional racing.

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Professional Teams:

Nicknames: Tasmanian Devil

Photos: All are by Fotoreporter Sirotti unless otherwise noted

In a break in stage 11 of the 2010 Giro d'Italia

In Pink after 2010 Giro stage 11.

At stage 12 of the 2010 Giro d'Italia.

2010 Giro d'Italia stage 14: Chris Sorensen (in black on the left) worked like a dog for Ritchie Porte (in pink). Porte lost more than four minutes and had to give up the Maglia Rosa. The next day he was in the Best Young Rider's white jersey,

In white riding 2010 Giro d'Italia stage 16.

Porte in white racing 2010 Giro d'Italia stage 21.

Racing stage 3 of the 2010 Tour de Romandie

At the 2011 Tour Down Under

Porte riding the prologue of the 2012 Dauphiné

Porte at the front in stage 7 of the 2012 Dauphiné

Porte riding stage 11 of the 2012 Tour de France.

Porte and Denis Menchov have broken away in this photo of stage 20 of the 2012 Vuelta.

Here they are.

Porte finishing stage 20 of the 2012 Vuelta a España

Finishing stage 5 of the 2013 Dauphiné

Porte finishes stage 2013 Dauphiné stage 7.

At the teams' press conference before the start of the 2013 Tour de France

Porte leads Chris Froome in stage 2 of the 2013 Tour.

2013 Tour de France stage 8.

2013 Tour de France stage 9

Porte climbing Mt. Ventoux in stage 15 of the 2013 Tour.

2013 Tour de France: Porte leads Chris Froome

2013 Tour de France: Porte leads Team Sky (winner Chris Froome can be seen a few riders back) on the Champs Elysées.

Porte racing the Elite Men's Time Trial at the 2013 World Championships.

Porte before the start of the 2014 Tour Down Under

Porte wins stage five of the 2014 Tour Down Under.

2014 Tour Down Under: Porte enjoys his stage five victory.

Porte leads his group in stage four of the 2014 Tour de Romandie.

2014 Tour de France, stage 14: A hard day in the mountains.

Richie Porte wins 2015 Tour Down Under stage 5

After winning the stage.

2015 Giro d'Italia: Porte at the teams presentation ceremony.

2015 Giro, stage nine: Porte descends the Passo Serra.

Time trialing in stage 14 of the 2015 Giro.

Porte climbing the big stuff in the 2015 Tour de France's stage eleven while wearing the polka-dotted King of the Mountains jersey.

Porte leads yellow-clad Chris Froome in stage twenty of the 2015 Tour.

Porte wins 2017 Tour Down Under stage two.

And then atop Down Under stage five's Willunga Hill he wins again.

2017 Critérium du Dauphiné stage six: in yellow. He ended up second in the race that year, ten seconds behind Jakob Fuglsang.

2018 Tour of Switzerland, stage 17: Porte and Jakob Fuglsang are gone.

The usual trade: Fuglsang gets the stage win, Porte gets the GC time improvement.

Porte wins the 2018 Tour of Switzerland.

2018 Tour de France stage nine, a stage with cobbled sectors: Richie Porte & Jens Keukeleire on the ground just seven kilometers into the stage. Porte has broken his collarbone. ASO/Pauline Ballet photo

2019 Tour Down Under stage 6: Richie Porte attacks.

And gets the proper reward for his audacity.

2019 Tour de France stage three: Porte heads to the start.

Porte wins 2020 Tour Down Under stage three.

That win earned him the leader's jersey, which he kept until the end of the race.

Porte finishes stage twenty of the 2020 Tour de France.

Richie Porte earned his only Tour de France podium place in the 2020 Tour. From left: Primoz Roglic (2nd), Tadej Pogacar (1st) & Richie Porte (3rd).

After crashing in stage one of the 2021 Paris-Nice. He tried to finish the stage, but had to abandon. INEOS photo.

Porte finishes stage seven of the 2021 Dauphiné a half minute behind stage winner Mark Padun.

Here is how Porte finished the 2021 Dauphiné, the winner.

Porte finishes stage seventeen of the 2021 Tour de France.

Riding the men's individual time trial at the 2021 Olympic Games.

Time trialing in stage two of the 2022 Giro d'Italia

Before starting stage seven of the 2022 Giro d'Italia. He did not finish that Giro.

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