Portsmouth was hoping to bid for the Grand Depart like the 2015 start in Utrecht.
  • Nitro

    The Martyn Ashton video – Love it… The smile that only a bike ride can put on his face is priceless..

    Have to say though – I see opportunities for combining 2 things in the news today. Why not give Martyn a “Mechanically doped” bike and use the technology for good not evil?!?

    • Sean

      Yeah what a fantastic video, i’m a huge fan of him! Most of us roadies wouldn’t have come close to keeping up :)

  • Dave

    It’s a good time for Richie to be shifting teams, at 30 he still has some time on his side and it would probably be a mistake to spend a fifth year at a team renowned for their lack of loyalty to riders.

    • Andy B

      To be fair he hasn’t exactly been without his chances

  • jules

    fining riders on your team for doping is just grandstanding. Appollonio will tear the ‘fine’ up and Androni won’t pursue it – confident in the knowledge they win the PR stakes.

    • Dave

      It does, however, give them a credible excuse for withholding any of his payments which remain outstanding.

      • jules

        pretty sure you can’t do that under Australian law, at least. has to be recovered separately

        • Dave

          But I doubt that Androni operates under Australian law.

  • Daniel

    Realistically, is anyone going to throw more money at Porte than OGE? He is far more valuable to them then to any other team, given the boon he would be in terms of marketing kit to Australian fans.
    OGE with Richie at a grand tour: Porte, Yates, Yates, Chavez, Tuft, Weining, Durbridge, Hanson (that’s right, I’ve decided they are bringing Hanson over too). That’s a strong and diverse GC team right there. Fire power on the flats, back up in the mountains

    • jules

      OGE are putting their money on the Yates’. they are younger than Porte and huge talents. I think Porte may have to look elsewhere, or OGE will lose the Yates’ and that would be bad for the team

      or they could try the taking-turns at leading strategy that Sky uses, but I wonder if that will send Porte running in terror

      • Jake(Aus)

        I kind of agree, as big a supporter as I am of Porte, it would be a bad move for OGE (in my opinion) to gamble on Porte and risk losing the Yates brothers, possibly back the other way even to SKY. Porte is complaining a bit about ‘opportunity’ but he has already had some big opportunities that some riders could only ever dream of, not least of which was getting full support at TDF when Froome went out and the full backing as GC rider at this year’s Giro. He’s also been backed at numerous ‘lesser’ races. Whilst he’s done well in the lesser races he hasn’t really done enough to show he deserves more backing by SKY at least for grand tours. I’ve no doubt if he made the top 3 even in the Giro he’d see continued ramping up of backing of him, or for example if mid TDF he was ahead of Froome in the standings…crazy talk? Well if you can’t go ahead of Froome in the TDF standings than why should you be backed as the GC rider for the team? The aim is to back the best rider. All that being said, he’s an aussie and full of talent so if he goes to OGE I will back him 100%.

        • Cam

          While he may have been the leader of Sky at the Giro, it didn’t appear he had a particularly high level of support from his team compared to Astana and Tinkoff Saxo.
          And if his role is purely to support Froome at the Tour, it is highly unlikely he will have the opportunity to be in front of Froome in the standings.

          • Jake(Aus)

            Hey I’ll happily be proved wrong:) I think the Giro, team selection aside he could have done better even with the incidents, he didn’t really grind anything out like typically a real GC rider can. As for riding support for Froome, it’s not like he’s riding as a domestique either, he’s riding next to him, if he pops his opportunity is to be right next to him in the least…everyone can give all the excuses for him but these guys that go on as GC riders generally earn it through showing they’re the strongest. If you listen to a lot of the arguments for Porte he’d have own 3 TDF’s by now if he just got more backing. It’s not that simple I think. He just isn’t as good as the top top guys….yet.

            • Cam

              I totally agree that he is as yet unproven as a GT rider, but I think his recent performances alone (i.e the Giro this year and TDF last year) are not a true indication of his ability, as he has been plagued with bad luck, injury and illness.

          • donncha

            What was wrong with his support? Koenig ended up 6th, Nieve was 17th and both Siutsou and Kyrienka were strong towards the end of the race. How much more support does he need? He’ll certainly struggle to get that sort of support from any other team he joins.
            The puncture incident was unfortunate and, as Porte himself admits, was largely due to the fact that he went the opposite way around the roundabout to his teammates, so they couldn’t get to him when he stopped.

            • Jake(Aus)

              Agreed. I should also throw in there that I didn’t mean the original post to sound anti-Porte at all, I genuinely would love it if he won a grand tour, just that I don’t think it’s worth OGE undoing all the good work they’ve been doing with the Yates brothers to take a punt on him.

              • Dave

                +1

                Porte would be a case of short-termism on the part of OGE, with his poor race awareness he wouldn’t even be a good buy for them as an experienced rider to come on board in a sort of player-coach role to assist the young blokes.

            • Cam

              I thought the Sky team at Criterium du Dauphine supporting Froome appeared quite a lot stronger than the Giro team.

              • Dave

                Definitely, Sky views the Giro as a second string race so their second string leader got second string support.

    • claude cat

      BMC reportedly were offering Porte 2 million euros / season. I can’t see OGE matching that.
      Plus we know Allan Peiper is a big fan.

      • Daniel

        I’ve heard the BMC rumours flying around. Where are they coming from? Are they reputable?
        It seems a bit hard to believe. BMC have Van Garderen who occupies the same space as Porte (competitive at week long races, constantly threatening to do something big at a Grand Tour). I would have pegged Trek as a well financed team who would be more likely, given that they’ve never quite seemed to know where to go after Andy petered off.
        Weren’t we also hearing rumours of BMC having a shaky future not too long ago? How have we gone from that to them offering to splurge 2 million euros for a new GC guy?

        • Andy Logan

          LA Gazzetta, Dan Friebe on the Cycling Podcast who seems to be reasonably well in the know.

        • claude cat

          Peiper’s and BMC’s interest was reported as early as January in Fairfax.

          http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/door-could-open-for-richie-porte-at-bmc-after-cadel-evans-retires-20150110-12lhph.html

          “Allan Peiper, BMC racing team sporting manager, has told Fairfax Media
          that Porte, 29 and off contract with his Sky team this year, would be a
          “great asset” for BMC.”

          It seems that interest has gained some traction in the last few weeks.

        • Roger That

          INRNG seem to think he’ll be in the red and black too: http://inrng.com/2015/07/team-sky-budget-finances/#more-25466

          “Looking ahead it seems Sky are set to save with Bradley Wiggins’ “retirement” and letting Richie Porte go (to BMC Racing)”…

          • jules

            TJ will win the Tour and they will lose interest in Richie

            • Dave

              I believe you originally made this prophecy one morning about three months and two days ago.

          • Dave

            CyclingNews think that Etixx-QuickStep are also talking to Porte.

            That makes sense as there’s talk that Etixx are in for big changes next season with as many as eight riders not to be renewed – with Sky being talked about as a destination for Kwiatkowski and Uran. Porte could be a decent buy for Etixx as they try to rebuild their squad – perhaps as a domestique for Mikel Landa who is out of contract at Astana and almost certain to go elsewhere rather than languish as Astana’s third leader behind Nibbles and Aru.

    • Whippet

      It appears Porte is headed to BMC.

  • a different ben

    No surprise they don’t really show a good shot of the Dyneema shorts in that video. I wonder if any of them will wear the shorts on the (highest risk) TdF stages? I suppose they’ll be obliged to.

  • Andy B

    The placement of that motorbike mirror in the photo of froome dog caught my eye

  • Sean

    I do love that feature photo!

  • Derek Maher

    Richie Porte had better shine in this TDF in order to market himself at the highest level.Chris may have to watch his back on some stages?.
    Alberto and a certain Astana rider should have some great mountain battles.
    Glad to see security is being stepped up for the TDF and I hope the nut jobs are kept at bay.

  • Dave

    What a pity that it’s only Sky’s current lineup in the Lego collection.

    I’m sure that Lego would be up to making some figures of Sky alumni such as Sir Wiggo, Michael Barry, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, Simon Gerrans, Geert Leinders, Michael Rogers and Sean Yates.

  • Michael Gates

    What Porte going to Saxo? Berto is apparently opening a butcher shop with special kinds of meat after his last lap of France next year. Tinkoff seems to have plenty of cash to throw around and will no doubt be looking for another GC rider.

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