Richie Porte on road to full recovery ahead of Sky's Tour de France defence

Australian contemplates Vuelta a Espana start after foiled Giro d'Italia campaign

Richie Porte, Tirreno-Adriatico 2014

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Richie Porte has been left to rue what might have been at the Giro d’Italia but has recovered from the illnesses that scuppered his opportunity to lead a Team Sky title assault as he looks toward the Tour de France.

The chance to race for the maglia rosa was a contract sweetener for the 29-year-old who extended with the British outfit last year but never took to the Belfast Grand Partenza to which Sky instead sent an opportunistic squad.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.