Richie Porte eyes Woods and Poels as key Tour Down Under contenders

10 January 2019 12:37
Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) believes that this year's Tour Down Under has one of the strongest GC fields yet, and that Woet Poels (Team Sky) and Michael Woods (EF Education First) could be two of his main rivals for the overall. Porte has had a successful run at his home race, winning six stages over the past five years and the GC two years ago. In 2018 he lost out to Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), despite winning the 'queen stage' on Willunga Hill for the fifth time in a row. This year, the race organisers have added the famous Corkscrew climb once more, and moved Willunga Hill to the final day of racing. In previous years, the race has concluded with a downtown criterium in Adelaide.ADVERTISEMENT "It's going to be pretty exciting to have the finish at Willunga and going two times up there. It's uncharted territory, really," Porte told reporters before a training ride on Thursday morning. "The race won't be over until the last kilometre. Willunga has been good to me in the last few years. Hopefully we can continue that this year. This year we've maybe got the strongest field. We've got guys like Woet Poels and Michael Woods. They're in really good shape for this race, but that's motivating as well." Porte arrives at the race in new team colours after signing with Trek-Segafredo after three years at BMC Racing. He lines up at the Tour Down Under with a team devoted to his GC ambitions and the likes of Peter Stetina and Jarlinson Pantano set to protect the Australian on the key climbs of the race. You can read more at . read full article

Source: Cycling News