Richie Porte: I'm nowhere near what I was in the Tour

Richie Porte (BMC) caught behind crashes, also lost time in stage 1

Richie Porte said he felt "weaker" than before being hit by gastroenteritis on Thursday, but the BMC Racing leader insisted that he would be present at the Vuelta a España start line on Saturday in Malaga. Speaking to journalists outside the team hotel near Malaga, before he and his teammates started on a training ride this Friday morning, Porte - looking a little paler than usual but as determined as ever - said he "should be able to find my legs come Sunday." The idea that he would ride for the Vuelta's general classification, Porte repeated, was one that neither he nor his team had ever argued was feasible. "You hear of yourself being one of the [Vuelta] favourites but I don’t feel like that," he said. "I'm certainly nowhere near what I was in the Tour." Porte explained that the gastroenteritis "started this time yesterday [morning] in a training ...

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