Porte Aims for Fourth Paris-Nice Podium2. March 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
Two-time Paris-Nice winner, Richie Porte hopes to repeat his success at the UCI WorldTour stage race when he lines up this Sunday, 5 March.
Porte, who won Paris-Nice in 2013 and 2015 and was third in 2016, will target the General Classification supported by an experienced team, Sports Director Yvon Ledanois said.
“Paris-Nice is the first big goal for Richie since he returned to Europe this season. Richie had a great start to the year at the Santos Tour Down Under and we want to continue this success as we look towards July. As we have already seen, Richie is in a great shape and is really motivated to do well at Paris-Nice, particularly as he has won on two previous occasions,” Ledanois explained.
"We are taking a very strong team with riders like Amaël Moinard, Nicolas Roche and Alessandro De Marchi who will play an important role in the mountain stages. Michael Schär, Danilo Wyss and Francisco Ventoso bring a wealth of road experience, and Dylan Teuns brings additional support on both the flat and the climbs. I’m really confident in Richie and the team.”
After more than a month off racing Porte is eager to return to the start line.
“I’m really motivated to do well at Paris-Nice. It’s my home race in Europe and I’ve won twice before, so a third win would give me a lot of confidence for the next part of the season. I haven’t raced since Australia in January but I’ve had a solid block of training in Tasmania and Monaco, so I’m looking forward to racing again,” Porte said.
Paris-Nice (March 5-12)
Rider Roster: Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Richie Porte (AUS), Nicolas Roche (IRL), Michael Schär (SUI), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Francisco Ventoso (ESP), Danilo Wyss (SUI).
Sports Directors: Yvon Ledanois (FRA), Valerio Piva (ITA)