Richie Porte: This going to be the hardest Tour Down Under Yet

Richie Porte says he is as passionate to participate in the Tour Down Under, the Olympic Games and the Tour de France

Porte’s 2020 goals include another battle with Willunga Hill at the Tour Down Under and the “unfinished business” of both the Olympic Games and the Tour de France.

“It was, to be honest, a good feeling to get into Paris, finally, after a couple of years of not making it. It wasn’t the Tour de France that I wanted, but I guess to finish the Tour is the most positive thing that came of it.”

“The team obviously was a bit slow off the mark at the start of the year, but we had a great end of season,” Porte told the press. “And that’s good for morale, so I hopefully we’ve got the ball rolling and we can carry it on into this season.”

“It hadn’t really crossed my mind to miss the Tour Down Under,” Porte says. “You just focus on one race at a time, and it’s an Olympic year as well, and I’d like to go to Tokyo, and that’s pretty close to the end of the Tour de France.!

“I’m motivated this season – as always – so you’ve just got to keep on keeping on. I think it was hard last year, with a new team, and being a first-time parent – things like that,”.

“Now I’ve had two months in Tasmania, just training and just focusing on being healthy, and I’m feeling ready for the season. I chose not to do the Australian National Championships this year, and Tassie’s just such a great place to train: it’s just so easy, it’s quiet, there are no distractions, and the training’s super good.”

“It’s going to be a hard race at the Tour Down Under this year, and it probably is going to be the hardest edition of the race.!

“Daryl’s done a fantastic race the past two years, and you can never rule him out,” Porte adds.

Richie Porte: This going to be the hardest Tour Down Under Yet

 
Tag: tourdownunder
 
Jan 26 2020 - NEWS: Richie Porte wins a second Santos Tour Down Under
Jan 25 2020 - NEWS: Impey takes race lead as Nizzolo wins Sprint Down Under
Jan 24 2020 - NEWS: Caleb Ewan wins second Tour Down Under stage
Jan 23 2020 - NEWS: Richie Porte takes Tour Down Under lead with uphill stage 3 win
Jan 22 2020 - NEWS: Caleb Ewan Storms to Stage 2 Victory at the Tour Down Under
Jan 21 2020 - NEWS: Sam Bennett wins Tour Down Under opening Sprint Stage
Jan 19 2020 - NEWS: Caleb Ewan wins Tour Down Under prologue
Jan 17 2020 - NEWS: Specialized launch new Tour Down Under Collection ahead of Race
Jan 17 2020 - NEWS: Richie Porte: This going to be the hardest Tour Down Under yet
Jan 10 2020 - NEWS: Rohan Dennis to lead Team Ineos at the Tour Down Under
Jan 03 2020 - NEWS: Sam Bennett to make Deceuninck-Quick-Step debut at Tour Down Under.
Jan 20 2019 - NEWS: Richie Porte wins on Willunga Hill as Daryl Impey takes Overall Victory
Jan 19 2019 - NEWS: Ewan Disqualified for head-butting Philipsen as race leader Bevin crashes
Jan 18 2019 - NEWS: Daryl Impey surges into contention at the Tour Down Under
Jan 17 2019 - NEWS: Peter Sagan takes stage win as Bevin hangs onto Ochre
Jan 16 2020 - EVENT: 2020 Santos Tour Down Under