Richie Porte set to start season at Tour Down Under in January

Australian is set to share Tour de France GC with Bauke Mollema, while Vincenzo Nibali aims for the Giro

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Once again Richie Porte will start his season at the Tour Down Under where the 34-year-old will be aiming for a seventh consecutive win on Willunga Hill. The Trek-Segafredo rider will lead a strong squad at the first WorldTour event of 2020, with new world champion Mads Pedersen also in Australia next month.

Attracting huge crowds, Willunga Hill has been the signature climb of the Tour Down Under for some years, and Porte has mastered it, winning there each season since 2014. However, winning the stage does not necessarily lead to overall victory, the Tasmanian has won the general classification only once.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.