Richie Porte to start Vuelta a España despite gastroenteritis

Porte missed the team presentation and race press conference

Richie Porte at the 2018 Tour Down Under

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Richie Porte (BMC Racing) intends to start the Vuelta a España on Saturday, despite gastroenteritis which kept him away from the race press conference and team presentation.

On the same day that the Australian rider announced his two-year signing with Trek-Segafredo, his current team BMC confirmed that he would require rest and recovery ahead of the Spanish Grand Tour start.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.