Richie Porte to return three months after Tour de France crash
Oct 17 2017 04:17 pm CET

Richie Porte to return three months after Tour de France crash
Richie Porte to return three months after Tour de France crash
Photo of Richie Porte by the A.S.O.

BMC's Richie Porte is returning to racing at the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race. The Australian has been out of competition since the crash at the 2017 Tour de France.

Porte suffered fractures to the clavicle and the pelvis, as well as many scratches and bruises, after a heavy crash during the ninth stage of the French Grand Tour. A bit more than three months later, he will be back on the bike.

"I'm really looking forward to racing at the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race this year," said the rider. "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."

"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."

BMC Sports director Fabio Baldato thinks this is a good opportunity for Porte to get back into shape. "We are really happy to see Richie Porte back at the start line for the first time since his Tour de France crash," he explained. "Although we are lining up at the last race of the season, the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race will be a good chance for Richie to get back into the racing rhythm before he starts a solid offseason.

"We also have Danilo Wyss and Michael Schär racing, and Martin Elmiger who will race for the last time before he retires. Rounding out the team is stagiaire Bram Welten who will make his debut at the Japan Cup Road Race."
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RICHIE PORTE
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