Gallery: A look back at Richie Porte’s wonderful road racing career

by Matt de Neef

photography by Getty Images, Cor Vos and Kristof Ramon


When the Tour of Britain came to a premature conclusion last Thursday evening, so ended the career of Richie Porte. After 13 years spent competing at the highest level of the sport, and after 33 professional victories, the 37-year-old Tasmanian is very much ready to be done with racing.

As Porte rides off into the sunset, to what he hopes will be “a normal life”, we wanted to take the opportunity to look back at what has been a wonderful career.

A triathlete in his early years, Porte turned to cycling seriously in 2006. From 2007 to 2009 he split his time between racing in the Italian amateur system and with the Praties team in Australia. A win in the time trial at the Baby Giro in 2009 earned Porte a contract with top-tier team Saxo Bank for 2010. Thus began 13 years in the ProTour/WorldTour.

Porte’s neo-pro season was remarkable – he took his first ProTour win, then finished seventh at the Giro d’Italia (his first Grand Tour), spent a few days in pink, and ended up winning the best young rider classification. Those results painted a picture of a Grand Tour champion in the making.

While Porte never ended up winning a Grand Tour, he proved instrumental in helping his teammates do so. And in 2020, he managed to reach the final podium at the Tour de France himself. But it was in shorter races that Porte truly made a name for himself. He’ll be remembered as one of the best one-week racers of his generation. 

Of all the top one-week races on the calendar, Porte won just about all of them. Paris-Nice (twice), Critérium du Dauphiné, Volta a Catalunya, Tour de Suisse, Tour de Romandie, the Volta ao Algarve and also the Tour Down Under (twice).

He represented Australia at two Olympics (Rio in 2016 and Tokyo in 2021) and at five elite world championships. He’ll go down as one of the greatest climbers to have come out of Australia.

The gallery below is a selection of images that tell the story of Porte’s career, including a photo from all 33 of his professional victories (i.e. in races ranked .1 or higher). Congrats on a wonderful career, Richie, and all the best for whatever comes next.

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