Richie Porte ready for Tour de France mountains

Team Sky's new leader, Richie Porte, says it's now Vincenzo Nibali and Astana's Tour de France to lose

Richie Porte on stage seven of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Richie Porte heads towards his first mountain test today as Sky's Tour de France leader in the Vosges, and is feeding off the team's support.

"I couldn't ask for more from the team," the Tasmanian told Cycling Weekly. "We've lost Chris [Froome] but I think it's great how everyone stepped up around me, it's making my job easier."

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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.