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Richie Porte sets sights on Vuelta a España and World Championships following Tour crash

Dan Alexander
17 Jul 2018

Porte abandoned the Tour de France after fracturing his clavicle in a crash on stage 9

Richie Porte (BMC Racing) has targeted the Vuelta a España and World cChampionships as his end of season goals having crashed out of the Tour de France for the second year in a row.

In an interview with his team, the BMC leader expressed his disappointment at abandoning the race, describing it as ‘painful physically and mentally’.

Porte was involved in a crash after just seven kilometres of stage 9 forcing him to abandon, with the race doctor on the scene revealing the reason to be a fractured collarbone or clavicle. Eventually, after Porte had attended a local hostpital, the Australian's injury was confirmed.

With no other injuries from the spill, Porte expects to be back on the home trainer within the next week and has targeted the final grand tour of the year and World Championships in Innsbruck as his end of season goals. 

The 73rd Vuelta a España starts in Malaga on 25th August giving Porte time to heal up before targeting the red jersey for the first time in his career.

If he avoids further misfortune, Porte could be a serious challenger in Spain with nine summit finishes and 40km of individual time-trialling giving plenty for the Australian to aim for.

However, he'll have some serious competition from the likes of Simon Yates (Michelton-Scott), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Fabio Aru (UAE) who have all confirmed their attendance.

Defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) hasn’t ruled out attempting to win all three grand tours in a single year should he seal a fifth Tour win in Porte’s absence. Team Sky sports director Nico Portal suggested that Froome's ambition is to defend his Vuelta title, dependant on his codition after the Tour.

A rainbow jersey in Innsbruck is also a goal for Porte as this year's World Championships favours the climbers on a brutal 259km course containing 4,700m of climbing.

Peter Sagan’s (Bora-Hansgrohe) three-year domination of the event is likely to end, leaving the rainbow jersey very much up for grabs, and in Porte's case it would be a distraction from yet more disappointment at the Tour.