Richie Porte misses World Championships: recent illness means my preparation has been far from ideal
Sep 22 2018 08:59 pm CET

Richie Porte misses World Championships: recent illness means my preparation has been far from ideal
Richie Porte misses World Championships: recent illness means my preparation has been far from ideal

Richie Porte is missing the World Championships of Innsbruck next week due to an inflammation of the airways. The Australian was set to be the leader of his country's team at the road race.

This new episode continues the bad luck streak the rider has had the current season. "I'm really disappointed to miss the road race," the rider commented. "It was a big goal for me at the end of the season and I had been training and racing with the road race in mind.

"However, recent illness means my preparation has been far from ideal and for a race of this difficulty, with more than 4600metres of climbing, you need to have the best preparation possible to be up there. Within the Cycling Australia team, we have decided that it is in the team's best interests if my place goes to someone else. I wish the whole Aussie team the best and will be cheering them on from home."

Porte developed the illness at the end of the Vuelta a España. "Richie developed an upper respiratory infection towards the end of the Vuelta a España which has required him to take antibiotics and stop training," said BMC's Chief Medical Officer Max Testa.

"He will need a few more days off the bike to recover properly which means it does not make sense for him to line up at the Worlds Championships. Richie will resume training next week and will be able to race again this season."

The rider had already suffered from a broken collarbone after a crash at the Tour de France.

Cycling Australia is considering options to replace the rider at the race.





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