Richie Porte returns to training five weeks after fracturing pelvis in Tour de France crash

BMC Racing rider fractured collarbone and pelvis on descent off Mont du Chat

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Richie Porte is back training on the road just over a month since fracturing his collarbone and pelvis in a horror crash on the descent off Mont du Chat at the Tour de France.

Porte crashed heavily on the final descent of stage nine into Chambéry, a nasty-looking incident which saw him taken away in an ambulance. Dan Martin also came down in the same crash, fracturing two vertebrae but carrying on to finish sixth in Paris.

Writing on Instagram, Porte said "Heading out on the road for first time since my crash, feels like first day back at school. So excited!"

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Although back training, it looks unlikely that the Australian rider will return to racing this season, but he is already being tipped to make a strong recovery and is one of the early favourites for the 2018 Tour de France.

With Porte out, BMC Racing will head to the Vuelta a España, which starts on Saturday, with Damiano Caruso likely to be their main general classification contender.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.