Richie Porte calls on Team Sky's rivals to band together at 2019 Tour de France

08 August 2018 01:58
Richie Porte has defended Team Sky after they faced abuse and booing as they dominated the Tour de France. Instead of any negative sentiment, Porte called on other overall contenders such as Tom Dumoulin, Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk to join forces with him in 2019 to attack "full gas" in the hope of breaking the British team's iron grip on cycling's biggest race. Team Sky have now won six of the last seven editions of the Tour de France with three different riders, and their strength in depth and team tactics have often stifled their rivals and limited others' attacks. Porte rode for Team Sky between 2012 and 2015, helping Bradley Wiggins and then Chris Froome win the yellow jersey. He left for a leadership role at BMC Racing in 2016, finishing fifth overall behind Froome at that year's Tour de France. He was expected to be a threat in 2017 and 2018 but crashed out on stage 9 of both races, this year fracturing his collarbone on the cobbled stage to Roubaix. He was forced to watch this year's mountain stages at home in Monte Carlo.ADVERTISEMENT Click here to read part one of our interview feature with Porte, in which he talks about his crash on the cobbled stage to Roubaix at this year's Tour, his recovery, and his hopes for the final part of the season and 2019. Porte confirmed on Monday that he will ride the Vuelta a España, with the testing road race at the World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, another major goal. He is widely expected to move to Trek-Segafredo in 2019 for what could be a final shot at defeating Team Sky and winning the Tour de France. "When you sit there and watch the race on television, you do see things you wouldn't have seen in the race. It definitely looks a lot easier from the couch than when you're there. To see how it panned out again this year, what do you do against a team like Sky?" Porte asks without giving up hope of somehow defeating them. In defence of Froome Froome will be back in 2019 You can read more at . read full article

Source: Cycling News