Good post. Porte has 2 issues.One is the Pressure from the Australian cycling community and the public to ride the TDF. I fear for him in week one of the 2018 TDF. I am strong in my belief that he is more suited to the Giro which is a more straightforward race with sprinter stages, mountain stages and often longer ITTs. His second issue is he has never shown the ability to ride two Gts in a season which reduces his options.Tonton said:Porte seems to have a higher ceiling than Pinot, Bardet, Uran, Landa, Aru, even today's Nibali and maybe Quintana...on paper. He can TT with the best. and he can climb. And he has a better team than most. His failures may be getting to his head, and then (sh)it happens. The predicament, the curse. It's in his head.
He will also be the chosen son to ride the 2018 Worlds, yet has never shown much ability in one day races.
Actually Porte and Landa are the two best pure climbers in the peleton.