Porte could make Tour of California debut as preparation for Tour de France
08 March 2019 05:35
Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) could ride the Tour of California for the first time in his career as part of his preparation for the Tour de France. Porte is riding a slimmer race programme this season with the hope of having fresher legs for the Grand Boucle. Porte told Cyclingnews that he might head stateside this May and hang around for a training camp before returning to Europe. "We'll see it how it all goes, but I'll probably race California and then stay there for a bit of altitude and then the next big goal is the Dauphine," Porte told Cyclingnews. "That's the race where I need to be going and then the Tour. It's a bit of an unprecedented run. Normally, I hit the Tour with more race days in the legs."ADVERTISEMENT Porte said that he is a bit behind where he'd like to be at this point in the season after falling ill at the start of February, but the Australian is trying to look at the bright side of things. Porte developed bronchitis after finishing the Herald Sun Tour and had to take a week off riding as he tried to recover. It was clear that he was not in top shape as he struggled to match the top guys in the mountains at the recent UAE Tour, where he finished over 17 minutes behind the winner Primoz Roglic. Having started his season in Australia before heading to the Middle East, Porte had been due to start his European block at Paris-Nice this weekend. However, the team decided to delay it a couple of weeks to give him a chance of recovery and he will now ride the Volta a Catalunya. "I had a week off the bike pretty much after the Herald Sun Tour because I wasn't very well," Porte told Cyclingnews at the end of the UAE Tour, prior to the decision to skip Paris-Nice. "I'm maybe a bit behind but it doesn’t mean that it's all bad.
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