Richie Porte (INEOS Grenadiers) retires: The gentleman stops there

He was an incredible teammate during those winning years. But more than that, he’s a really good friend, he’s just a great person. ” The human soul can do nothing but praise the qualities of the one who is leaving. Christopher Froome knows his Richie Porte on the fingertips for having been his leader for four years, and his friend for many more It will be difficult to tax him with hypocrisy since the words he uses do not at all contrast with the image portrayed by the Tasmanian whose retirement date has been brought forward by two days. by the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

A skilled communicator, Team INEOS couldn’t let Richie Porte go without a final wink. As often for the British team, the tribute took the form of a video. Video in which Richie Porte appears in front of the camera to narrate his career, his pain, his terrible fall in the descent of Mont du Chat on the 2017 Tour and how much, now that he is also a father, he thought of his parents and to what they might have felt seeing him practice this “dangerous sport“what is cycling.

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Contador, Wiggins, Froome…

For Porte, paradise is other people. Thinking about him often comes down to visualizing his leaders. Alberto Contador first when, leaving Australia, he studied at Saxo Bank. Bradley Wiggins then Chris Froome then. From 2012 to 2015, Porte was one of the British successes on the Tour (2012, 2013, 2015). And when the second of always had his chance? Twenty-third in the 2014 Tour de France, retired from the 2015 Giro before leaving Sky in 2016 to see what he had in mind.

Door saw. He suffered, had to overcome disappointments before taking third place in a 2020 Tour de France blown away by the performance of Tadej Pogacar and amazed by the hurricane of the Planche des Belles Filles. Never really in the Richie light. “It’s something I’ve always strived for, and when I finally got it, I didn’t feel like I had so much to do with the Tour again.“, he told Cycling Weekly. As soon as he was satisfied, Porte returned home. In this Sky team which allowed him to meet the mother of his children, the one who left her life in Manchester to join him in Monaco.

Primoz Roglic, Tadej Pogacar and Richie Porte on the 2020 Tour de France podium

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A track record as long as your arm

The sacrifice of the other half of the couple, a classic subject in the world of cycling. Porte knows everything he owes his wife and says it with his unmistakably recognizable Tasmanian accent and that modesty that betrays all his humility. “I may not have lost my hunger, this desire to win bike races, but something has changedadvance Porte to explain his retirement. It’s probably related to having a family.“.

Chris Froome – Richie Porte – Tour de France 2013

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Richie Porte, it is obviously the others who talk about it best. He, the islander, hard on evil, abhors putting himself forward more than anything. So Gemma, the one who shares his life, does it for him. “Sport is so versatile, you can forget a lot of things. I don’t think he’s going to realize for a long time how impressive his record is. He’s so easy to listen to trolls, forget what’s happened before but he’s got a hell of a track record“.

Let’s draw it up for him: 33 victories including two Paris-Nice, the Tour of Catalonia, Romandie, Switzerland, the Critérium du Dauphin and twice the Tour Down Under, his race. Add to that a 7th place for his first Giro, a 5th and finally a podium in the Tour de France. It is with the feeling of a job well done and the pride of a frankly successful career that Richie Porte will be able to concentrate on his future projects, namely spending a year in Australia, having a dog, taking care of a garden. . It’s a safe bet that his kindness will touch other people as his new life opens up.

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