Richie Porte - what do we know about him?

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thehog said:
Didn't all the Sky fans go home after Stage 5?
Their biggest fan is in mourning.

David Walsh @DavidWalshST

Porte loses almost nine minutes, from second on GC to oblivion. He finishes with G Thomas and Mikel Nieve. Sky can now only aim for stages.
The cheerful tone from last year is but a distant memory. Maybe there is still time to eke out one more book before the sky miracle is over for good.
 
Jul 17, 2012
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doperhopper said:
Don't underestimate Brailsfraud. Deliberately starting this season on lesser juice not to be too suspicious, show "human face" in Dauphine. Knowing what's going to happen (JTL bust medialized) he silently crashed out Vroom, now he'll take out little Richie (best way would be to mention some african infection to keep the style) and go full genius on (marginally more "friendly") Vuelta.
Hahahahahahahaha

Oh wait you're serious
 
Jul 21, 2012
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thehog said:
How will he generate a book out this colossal failure?
Froome/Wiggins greatest hits? A farewell tour.

I have to say that Walsh has provided me with great entertainment for the past couple of years. He is the best of the bots. Thanks David.
 
Catwhoorg said:
It was Stage 7 when I was flying back to the US...
Look at David Walsh's twitter feed. They are all there asking their Bot leader to find out what's happened to Sky.

To get David to reply to you have to start with at least one tweet along the lines of "Great book David, The Climb, I just finished it, amazing reading!"

Reminds of the Lance days when the July fans couldn't understand why Armstrong wasn't winning the sprint stages :cool:
 
the sceptic said:
Froome/Wiggins greatest hits? A farewell tour.

I have to say that Walsh has provided me with great entertainment for the past couple of years. He is the best of the bots. Thanks David.
We've missed out on the Dawg breaking the forum two years running. And now I can't take the p1ss out of Walsh's next book! This forum will die! :mad:
 
So immediately after the race Nicolas Portal said Porte was ill - had been sick just before the climb began...but no mention of that by Brailsford.

Why didnt Brailsford or Porte say he had been feeling unwell ? If Porte was unwell why did he skulk into the bus after warm down ? nothing wrong with saying you,d caught the stomach bug thats affected a few other riders.

Seems like yet again they cant get the story in sync.
 
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Cycle Chic said:
So immediately after the race Nicolas Portal said Porte was ill - had been sick just before the climb began...but no mention of that by Brailsford.

Why didnt Brailsford or Porte say he had been feeling unwell ? If Porte was unwell why did he skulk into the bus after warm down ? nothing wrong with saying you,d caught the stomach bug thats affected a few other riders.

Seems like yet again they cant get the story in sync.
Porte clearly said he did not feel ill, he just couldn't handle the hear today after the satge
 
maxmartin said:
Porte clearly said he did not feel ill, he just couldn't handle the hear today after the satge
Portal was interviewed immediately after the stage (Eurosport) and stated that Porte was feeling sick at the foot of the climb. Nothing about heat or affects of the heat today. Portal said he was feeling ill.
 
Cycle Chic said:
Portal was interviewed immediately after the stage (Eurosport) and stated that Porte was feeling sick at the foot of the climb. Nothing about heat or affects of the heat today. Portal said he was feeling ill.
Nope. Richie himself:

“I don’t think I dealt with the heat very well. It’s one of those things. It’s a massive shame but we’ll see what happens tomorrow," Porte says
 
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I think the only people surprised by Richie's demise on this stage is the commentators and the Australian press...I think everyone else expected him to have a bad day whether it was this stage or another one.

Also I think there is a big difference between being a follower and a leader....Richie is a follower and most of his time gains had come after the misfortune of others.
 
He was with the group while Costa and others were being dropped, then the pace slowed a little and Costa come back, and then Richie just imploded without any increase in speed
Not simply a "bad day" imo
 
May 26, 2009
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Rollthedice said:
That question again: Where's Wiggo?
In a pub listening to some *crap* Weller/mod cover band whilst having a few beers.


*The cover band aren't crap it's just the rubbish material they have to work with.
 
Richie makes a good 2nd to last man. The role he had for Wiggo (even then he had the one bad day in 2012 IIRC). (which incidentally I think is the limit of G's abilities in the high mountains)

Last man for Froome is a stretch for his abilities it seems. Nieve would be much better.

This was waay too much.
 
BYOP88 said:
In a pub listening to some *crap* Weller/mod cover band whilst having a few beers.


*The cover band aren't crap it's just the rubbish material they have to work with.
Or even better, downing a few beers with Pete Townshend trying to convince him Quadrophenia is crap, Weller is better, cycling is fun (especially Paris-Roubaix) and quoting himself:

“Nibali is my favorite. If he rides like he did at last year’s Giro, if he’s in that shape, I think he’ll be almost unbeatable.”
 
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But I thought he was going to go full genius and become the third Sky rider to win it in 3 years? I swear I read that somewhere, over and over again. I swear someone predicted he would win and the internet would burn. I must have been dreaming, like they were.
 

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