Friday March 8th, 2013

Stage 5Châteauneuf-du-Pape / La Montagne de Lure

Start 11h20 GMT 2+

Richie Porte: 'I always wanted that"

interview08.03.2013Stage 5- Châteauneuf-du-Pape / La Montagne de Lure

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Richie Porte steppet up from his role as a domestique for Bradley Wiggins or Chris Froome to become a leader in his own right. And he really relishes the feeling.

This is a great reward for Team Sky and all the teamwork?

What can you say, it worked like clockwork like always with Sky. Full credit to the whole team. To Xabier  Zandio, Lopez Garcia and Siutsov, I don't want to forget anyone. These guys were just brilliant. Full credit to them. Thanks a lot.

Was it a different pressure being the leader on this race?  

Yeah obviously, I served under Bradley and also Chris at Sky but also Alberto Contdor in Saxo Bank. There are lots of things to learn from them. It's different having the pressure on but thinking back to three years ago in this race I had horrible memories. So I'm happy to be here with the pressure on. I just won a stage in Paris-Nice. I've got my lion. I always wanted that.

What were those bad memories?

The bad memories were probably coming back to the bus and being told by my team manager I was too heavy to be a pro rider. It wasn't nice to hear. And the crosswinds and last year's crash when I was in pretty good form. Maybe next year I'll be very happy to come back.

Are you ready to step up to become a GC contender in grand Tours?

I think I'm happy to be in this team riding for Brad and Chris. I'm not quit ready to step up, maybe not this year but maybe next year. We'll see what we do at the Giro. I like the Giro, I wore the pink jersey as a neo-pro, there were nice memories for me. It would be nice for me to step up and get a bit of pressure and go for general classification in a Grand Tour.

Were you surprised by Talansky's tactics?

He didn't have any team-mate around him while I had two trains in front of me, Siutsov and Lopez. Maybe I was in a clearer state of mind. It's weird to see the yellow jersey attack but full credit to Talansky, he was brilliant in the last couple of days. I'm not going to say anything about tactics but it worked perfectly for me that they were watching each other at the back. Chapeau boys.

Did you ever think you might have to limit your career ambitions?

When I sat down and talked to Dave Brailsford  about coming to Sky, it was always clear I'd go and help Brad and Chris and that's exactly what I have done. Sky is shaping the sport in the way it's going. It's not really a problem to work for Brad and now for Chris.

How do you see yourself on Col d'Eze?

Well I'm not a bad TT specialist and col d'Eze is in my backyard. There's always tomorrow. It could be a tricky stage We have a good team and some level-headed cool and calm guys in the team. It's not over, is it? I'm looking forward to the TT, put it that way.

Do you feel you're part of the new generation of cycling?

It's s bit like the changing of the guard. There's Tejay Van Garderen and Talansky.  I'm 'not really that young now. But now there's Canadians winning Grand Tours, Australians and  Englishmen. It's not just a generation, it's a whole culture change. It's an exciting times for an Australian to come into now.

Will you be the team leader in other races this season?

Just Paris-Nice. My season is in a pretty similar sort of frame as Chris Froome's. I might soon be back getting bidons and just enjoying my life.

The interview in video

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Richie Porte : "I always wanted that"

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The news in pictures

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