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27.10.2014 Sports News

Team Sky cyclist Richie Porte raring to go

By Allsports.com.gh
Team Sky cyclist Richie Porte raring to go
LISTEN OCT 27, 2014

Health issues crippled Porte's campaign, with a bout of gastroenteritis ruling him out of the Giro d'Italia in May.

The Australian cyclist also endured a difficult Tour de France after team leader and 2013 winner Chris Froome crashed out on stage five, with Porte struggling with a chest infection after been handed the reins.

But after returning to a clean bill of health, the 29-year-old - viewed as Sky's future leader according to team boss Dave Brailsford - is desperate to put a disappointing season behind him.

"I've had a brilliant off-season so far. I ended my racing season in August and went on a month-long course of antibiotics," Porte told Cyclingnews.

"There was a couple of lifestyle changes too, like having a girlfriend, and my motivation has improved as my health and fitness have gone up.

"Looking back at this year, it was disaster but it's hard to put a finger on where it went wrong and the exact single problem.

"I'm confident that after a month of antibiotics I'm back to health and over the pneumonia that I had at the Tour de France."

Porte added: "All I know at the moment is that I don't want to have a repeat of this season.

"Obviously I'm looking toward the Giro at this early stage but trying to actually make it happen rather than getting sick like I did this year."

Whether Porte takes part at the 2015 Giro d'Italia remains to be seen, after team-mate Froome hinted at skipping the Tour de France in favour of the Italian Grand Tour.

"Nothing is concrete at the moment and a lot depends on what Chris wants to do next," Porte said.

"You look at the Giro and it's a better-suited race for him and there's no reason why I wouldn't do the Giro but it's all talk until December because that's when the riders and team sit down and really discuss race plans. We'll have to wait and see."

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