Porte recharged and relaxed ahead of Romandie defence

Richie Porte was smiling pre-race

Riche Porte ( BMC Racing ) will look to kick-start his season at the Tour de Romandie this week. The Australian has only picked up one win this season - a stage of the Tour Down Under - and has been short of his usual week-long racing prowess, especially in comparison to last year. Illness has certainly hampered his spring, and he was forced to sit out Tirreno-Adriatico with flu . He returned in time for the Vuelta al Pais Vasco but, by his own admission, took 'an absolute kicking' on his way to abandoning on stage 6. Romandie provides the Australian with a clean slate, and the chance to defend his crown against a strong field that includes Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo). "I really don't know where I'm at form-wise. I got sick, and then I missed Tirreno. Then I went to Pais Vasco and ...

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