Richie Porte shows he’s in good shape for crack at Giro

HIS major goal for 2015 is winning the Giro d'Italia, and Tasmanian Richie Porte showed that was a realistic proposition by taking out his second Paris-Nice road race.

Porte's chances of victory looked in jeopardy after he crashed on stage six, dropping 36 seconds behind leader Tony Gallopin with just the 7.6km ride up the Col d'Eze remaining.

But a superb individual time trial on the final stage from the Australian champion saw him take the title by a staggering 30 seconds.

"I'm really in the best form of my life right now," Porte said. "This is massive to win for the second time. It's great for my confidence ahead of the Giro."

The 30-year-old (pictured) said he would ride in the seven-stage Tour of Catalunya, which starts on March 23, and also the four-stage Giro del Trentino starting on April 21, prior to the Giro d'Italia which kicks off on May 9.

- APN SPORTS BUREAU


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