The simple message that turned Richie Porte's season around

Richie Porte was told to stop banging his head against a brick wall when his season started to go wrong earlier this year.

3 July 2014
101st Tour de France
Press Conference
PORTE Richie (AUS) Sky
Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Richie Porte's nightmare spring campaign turned a corner after David Brailsford told him to 'stop banging his head against the wall.' "It clicked at our April training camp in Tenerife when Dave took me aside and said that to me," Porte said this morning ahead of a rest day training ride around Besançon.

"That's what I was trying to do, to go from a seven-out-of-ten to a ten-out-of-ten," Porte said this morning. "Dave said to me, 'Just relax. We're behind you. You've got the talent, so let's just relax and get into it.'"

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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.