Richie Porte: ‘It’s the riders that made the Olympic road race dangerous’ (video)

The Australian was one of several riders who crashed on the descent of the Vista Chinesa climb in the Olympic road race, but says the riders were pushing the risks
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Richie Porte says that it was the riders the made the descent at the Olympic road race in Rio dangerous, rather than just the course.

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A number of riders crashed out of both the men’s and women’s races on the descent of the Vista Chinesa, including Vincenzo Nibali (Italy), Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) as well as Porte.

There were numerous complaints from commentators that the course was too dangerous to have been used, but Porte, who broke his scapular in a crash, says the riders have to take responsibility for taking risks

“If you’ve seen the crash I think I came out it quite lightly,” the Australian said on his injuries. “Maybe we pushed it a little hard coming down there and at the end of the day it’s the riders that make the race dangerous.”

Porte is now forced to end his season to focus on recovery, having managed to take fifth place at this year’s Tour de France, but missed out on a second appearance at the Rio Olympics in Wednesday’s time trial.

“At this stage no surgery is required as the fracture will heal with time,” a BMC doctor said on Porte.

“Richie will need a minimum of ten days off the bike, following which he can train on the rollers before working his way up to training on the road. He should be able to train normally in four to six weeks.”