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by Shane Stokes
October 18, 2017
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Richie Porte will return to racing one last time this season when he lines up at the Japan Cup events this weekend. “I’m really looking forward to racing at the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race this year. Not only is it a chance for me to get another race day in the legs before the end of the season, but it’s also my first opportunity to race at the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race since 2013,” said the BMC Racing Team rider.
“The Japanese fans are really incredible so it’s always a great atmosphere at the race. I can definitely say it’s one of my favourite races. Given I haven’t raced since July, I’m not going in with any expectations. I’m just happy to be racing again this year before my focus turns to the 2018 season.”
He will join teammates Martin Elmiger, Michael Schär, Bram Welten and Danilo Wyss in the event. Directeur sportif Fabio Baldato acknowledged his participation is an important step in his recovery. “We are really happy to see Richie Porte back at the start line for the first time since his Tour de France crash. Although we are lining up at the last race of the season, the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race will be a good chance for him to get back into the racing rhythm before he starts a solid off season,” he said.
“The riders will test their legs first on Saturday at the criterium before the road race on Sunday. The Japan Cup Cycle Road Race is always an unpredictable race but we will line up motivated for a good result in the last race of the season.”