Richie Porte forced to abandon Giro d'Italia with illness

Ineos Grenadiers lose key domestique on stage 19

Richie Porte
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Richie Porte (Ineos Grenadiers) has abandoned the Giro d'Italia after falling ill ahead of Friday's stage 19. The Australian started the day in Marano Lagunare, but was forced retire early on in the race.

He was dropped from the bunch on the first climb of the day, the third-category Villanova Grotte, after just 70km of racing. Ahead of three further categorised climbs on stage 19, it was not looking good for Porte. Bora-Hansgrohe were pulling on the front when Porte was dropped off the back of the peloton, which they continued to do once he had been distanced.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.