Richie Porte: This year I’m ready to step it up

Chris Froome's chief lieutenant keen to improve on 2014 season

Richie Porte on stage thirteen of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Richie Porte has downplayed his status as race favourite ahead of the Tour Down Under but his zeal to win the first WorldTour event of the season should not be underestimated.

The 29-year-old cut a lithe figure at a press conference today where he emphasised a desire to return to form and deliver on promise in what is a contract year with Team Sky.

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