Having grown up in competing in swimming and triathlon, Richie
Porte signed his first professional road cycling contract in 2008. He announced
himself as a star of the future when he took out the young riders
classification at the 2010 Giro d’Italia.
He became a regular on the Grand Tour circuit and won his
first national title in 2015 when he claimed the individual time trial event
before securing a number of victories in Europe. Porte claimed silver in the individual
time trial at the 2016 Australian Championships, finished second at the Tour
Down Under soon after and then got selected to compete at his first Olympic
Games in Rio.
In what was one of the most difficult road races in Olympic
history, Porte was perfectly positioned in the main bunch of 40 riders with 40 kilometres
to go. That was when trouble struck though as the Tasmanian was unable to avoid
a rider who went down in front of him and he crashed out of the race. Porte
would go on to pull out of the time trial after it was revealed he suffered a fractured
right scapula in the crash.
Returning from injury, Porte began 2017 by taking out his first Tour Down Under title.