Tour de France - Richie Porte: I think we have a good team here
Jul 05 2019 12:46 am CET

Tour de France - Richie Porte: I think we have a good team here
Tour de France - Richie Porte: I think we have a good team here

Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte is ready to face the Tour de France, a race for which he feels less pressure than other years and he has been preparing for.

Although his start of the season isn't what he was expecting, the Australian feels ready to face the French grand tour. "I must admit I haven't had the season that I wanted to have so far, so to go into the Tour under a lot less pressure than in the last few years is not a bad thing," he commented.

"The form is pretty good, I just need to stay healthy, but I am happy in the team. I think we have a good team here. Sunday in the team time trial is where it's all going to start for us a team. It will be a critical stage for us to not lose too much time. But we've got some strong guys; in training, we've been good, we've been fast, we've been smooth, and that's the way to pull off a good team time trial."

Porte has been doing specific training for this race. "This year I've done more altitude training than I've ever done, training in Sierra Nevada, Utah, and just before arriving here, in Isola 2000," he explained. "We looked at the stages in the Alps just after the Dauphiné.

"It wasn't the easiest recon, coming off the race tired, but these stages are always going to be hard since they're at the end of the three weeks. The GC is probably going to be pretty much set by then, but obviously, you don't want to have a bad day then. It will be hard for teams to control these stages anyway."

In the press conference ahead of La Grande Boucle, the Australian also talked about his teammate Bauke Mollema. "Bauke finished 5th in the Giro and we've just done a training camp together, so I know he's absolutely flying," Porte commented.

"He's also a good GC-card for us to play. To have guys like him and Giulio Ciccone, coming from the Giro too, that's some solid climbing power for us. Bauke is definitely going well and if everything is under control, why not repeat the scenario of two years ago, where he won a stage?"

Mollema expects to have a good form to perform his role in the race. "I hope to have recovered well enough after the Giro to help Richie in the mountains," he said. "I didn't race since the Giro. The Giro went well, I took some rest afterwards and did a good training camp to prepare for the Tour.

"It's a bit of a question to know how the form is. It's hard to say what my level is at the moment, but I am feeling good. Two years ago it turned out to be a good combination doing the Giro and then the Tour with Alberto (Contador) so hopefully, it will be as good this year too. We have strong confidence in Richie."




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