Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 14, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte’s road to the 2017 Tour de France: ‘It’s probably the most important year of my career’; Colnago helps find sponsors to keep TJ Sport team alive; Jan Bakelants critical of WorldTour reforms; Tom Meeusen changes training after tests; Gert Dockx retires at 28; Amateur cyclist, doctor receives four-year anti-doping sanction; Quick-Step Floors shows off new kit; BORA–hansgrohe unveils a new team kit for its WorldTour ascension; Astana presents team, names Aru leader; Team Crelan Willems Verandas shows new kit design; Study recommends cities use ‘Idaho Stop’ to better manage traffic; Man cycling Antarctic with custom quad fatbike; Strategy board game inspired by ‘Breaking Away’ race; ‘Jesus Bikes’ causing fuss around Melbourne; Massive flyover built for Belgian cyclocross championship course; Film calls out Berlin on cycling infrastructure.

Richie Porte’s road to the 2017 Tour de France: ‘It’s probably the most important year of my career’

by VeloClub

He’s been named as BMC’s outright leader for the 2017 Tour de France but Richie Porte showed no obvious signs of pressure at the team media day in Denia, Spain, on Sunday. The Tasmanian rider fielded questions from international media for 30 minutes and spent a good chunk of that time smiling and looking relaxed. Here is an excerpt:

You have spent now one year at BMC after four years with Sky. Would you say it is very different, the two teams, and maybe also the media pressure you get?

I must say now I feel 100% like this is my team now. I’m happy here. I must admit, of course it’s hard to change teams. But I think with the way this season has gone, it was the right decision to change things. I’m happy here, and I’m just looking forward to getting into 2017. I think for me it’s probably the most important year of my career. So I’m really looking forward to just getting stuck into it.

Why do you say it is so important?

I’d say because obviously I changed teams to have more opportunity in the Tour de France and I think 2017 is my opportunity.

This is obviously something you were striving for when you started racing, that someday you want to be the guy in the Tour and here it is.

Exactly. I have done many Tours in the service of other guys. The Tour is the ultimate race so to be here and have an opportunity in the Tour de France is a massive occasion for me.

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