Richie Porte happy with swap from Paris-Nice to Tirreno-Adriatico

Sky team leader Richie Porte on last-minute switch to Tirreno-Adriatico: "Paris-Nice wasn't a parcours that suited me this year"

Richie Porte, Tour de France 2013, stage five

Richie Porte's last-minute change to race Tirreno-Adriatico instead of Paris-Nice could pay off ahead of the Giro d'Italia. Sky called him in to replace Chris Froome, who pulled out due to back injury.

"To be honest, Paris-Nice was probably one of the most stressful races to go into," the Australian told reporters yesterday. "It wasn't a parcours that suited me this year anyhow. It shouldn't be seen as a sign of disrespect to Paris-Nice because this course makes me much more happy to come and race."

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