Short news roundup: Richie Porte, Nairo Quintana, Rick Zabel
Jun 27 2018 05:46 am CET

Short news roundup: Richie Porte, Nairo Quintana, Rick Zabel
Short news roundup: Richie Porte, Nairo Quintana, Rick Zabel
Photo by ASO/Alex BROADWAY

Today's short news roundup includes rumours of Richie Porte's new team, Nairo Quintana's biggest rivals at the Tour de France, and Rick Zabel's training crash.

Reports: Richie Porte to join Trek Segafredo

Richie Porte (BMC) would be leaving the American squad at the end of the season, reports AFP journalist Nieves Moya.

The rider, who is set to lead BMC at the Tour de France, would join Trek-Segafredo from 2019 and with a three-year contract.

Nairo Quintana names his main rivals for Tour de France

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) is set to start his fifth Tour de France with the objective of taking the overall victory after stepping three times on the final podium.

The Colombian mentioned the riders that he expects to be battling against him for the victory. "(Chris) Froome and Sky are the number one rivals," said Quintana. "Then there are others that can have big options, depending on what happens in the cobbled stage. (Vincenzo) Nibali has already won a Tour by taking advantage of his conditions in this kind of stages.

"There is also a group of favourites that include riders like (Richie) Porte, (Romain) Bardet and we will see if (Primoz) Roglic gets to the race in a good shape and confirms the victories he had been taken throughout the year."

Rick Zabel recovers from training accident

Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin) has been hit by a car during a training ride close to his house in Germany.

"It started as a normal training day with other cyclists from my region like Lucas Liss or Aaron Grosser, but then after a bit more than 4 hours I crashed into a car at a small crossing," said the rider in his Instagram account. "It all happened on my home roads which I use every day and it was the first time I experienced something like this. I was very lucky today, no big injuries, but I‘m still in shock and I realized how fast these things can happen.

"I really ask every cyclist, car driver, bus driver, motorcyclist or just in general everybody who's part of the daily traffic to have more respect for each other and better wait 3 seconds more than to take any risks, it's not worth it. We all just have one life. A big thank you to the guys from the ambulance and the hospital, I don‘t even know your names but you helped me so fast, thanks!"




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