Richie Porte ready to 'step out of the shadows' and lead Team Sky at the Giro d'Italia

Having helped Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome to their Tour de France wins, Richie Porte says he's ready to take on the Giro d'Italia as team leader

Richie Porte before the 2015 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Watson)

Australian Richie Porte made his mark in Team Sky's black colours leading Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome in the mountains to their Tour de France victories. In the Giro d'Italia, starting tomorrow on the Italian Riviera, he will have his opportunity to lead Sky's classification team in a Grand Tour and, as he says, "step out of the shadows".

He has already won nearly every event he has entered in the 2015 season. To date, he has claimed the overall victory in Paris-Nice, Volta a Catalunya and Giro del Trentino. He now has his opportunity to continue the winning run in the Giro, from May 9 to 31.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.