Richie Porte gearing up for 2018 Tour de France

READY: Australian rider Richie Porte after his win during stage five of the Tour Down Under this year. Picture: AAP
READY: Australian rider Richie Porte after his win during stage five of the Tour Down Under this year. Picture: AAP

Richie Porte seems to be over his illness that saw him withdraw from Tirreno-Adriatico last month as he ramps up preparations for this year’s Tour de France.

The 33-year-old Hadspen cyclist will headline BMC Racing Team's six-rider roster at the Tour du Finistère on Saturday – gaining valuable kilometres leading into July.

“Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco was my first race in a while and it was a opportunity to get some good training in and put some solid racing kilometres in my legs,” Porte said. “Tour du Finistère will be another chance to get back into the swing of things ahead of the Tour de Romandie but it also gives us the opportunity to recon the finale of stage 5 of this year's Tour de France.

“There are not many opportunities when you get to do that in a race environment so I think it will be helpful and a good building block as we look ahead to July.”

BMC sports director Fabio Baldato said Porte winning is not a priority. “It won't be the priority to have Richie Porte going in as the leader, instead with Tejay van Garderen also racing it will be a good chance for both riders to race the final of stage 5,” he said.

BMC RIDER ROSTER 

Tom Bohli, Kilian Frankiny, Richie Porte, Joey Rosskopf, Tejay van Garderen, Danilo Wyss.