Porte will feel his career is satisfied if he podium's at the TDF - Break it down into pure talent and he has enough podium - He needs to select the correct support team to achieve his goals - Reckon TVG will have a better season now that he's bitten the bullet and moved his family to Europe - Can win one of the lead up stage races before the Giro or the TDF - He will be widely sought at the end of 2018.movingtarget said:I think you make a good point but the marquee GT rider for each team usually does the biggest race in the world : the Tour. But it sounds like BMC won't be around for much longer unless they find some sponsors so all the talk about the future may be academic. Porte probably only has two more shots at the Tour and if BMC don't continue, which teams would pay Porte or TJVG ? GVA would be much easier to place. Or would Richie go and ride for Aru or Dumoulin ? No doubt about him as a quality domestique and he would probably still be given opportunities in shorter races but like Evans, Richie has the Tour fever at least for the short term. The difference is that Evans came close twice before and he and his team were always confident he could win it. Even the BMC management now is saying that are aiming for the podium. The past two years they said they were aiming for the win !yaco said:Porte should be riding the Giro - It's the most predictable in terms of route for any of the 3 GT's which best suit his characteristics.