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by Shane Stokes
April 11, 2018
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Having returned to competition after missing Tirreno-Adriatico due to illness, Richie Porte will get his next race in when he lines out in this weekend’s Tour du Finistère. “Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco [Itzulia Basque Country] was my first race in a while,” he said. “It was an opportunity to get some good training in and put some solid racing kilometres in my legs.
“Tour du Finistère will be another chance to get back into the swing of things ahead of the Tour de Romandie, but it also gives us the opportunity to recon the finale of stage five of this year’s Tour de France. There are not many opportunities when you get to do that in a race environment so I think it will be helpful and a good building block.”
Porte was third in the Australian TT championships in January and second overall in the Santos Tour Down Under, then rode the Volta ao Algarve. He missed Tirreno due to an upper respiratory tract infection. He will be joined in Saturday’s race by Tejay van Garderen, Tom Bohli, Kilian Frankiny, Joey Rosskopf and Danilo Wyss.
Directeur sportif Fabio Baldato said that the final 35 kilometres of the race traces the same path as stage five of the Tour. “It won’t be the priority to have Richie Porte going in as the leader. Instead, with Tejay van Garderen also racing it will be a good chance for both riders to race the final of stage five.
“From what we can see on the plan, there are small roads with a steep, narrow climb where positioning is important. It is best for this kind of race to have the opportunity to see it in advance and it’s even better to recon it in a race environment. I think it will be a great advantage ahead of July.”