Richie Porte to miss Tirreno-Adriatico due to illness

Richie Porte (BMC Racing)

Richie Porte has been ruled out of BMC Racing Team 's line-up for Tirreno-Adriatico due to an upper respiratory infection. The Australian was set to use the Italian stage race as part of his Tour de France preparation but he will now miss the race, with the team targeting stage wins and the GC with Damiano Caruso. "Richie Porte developed an upper respiratory infection after Volta ao Algarve which forced him to miss the best part of a week's training. Given Tirreno-Adriatico was one of Richie's goal races this season, it did not make sense to line up when his preparation was far from ideal. Richie and the BMC Racing Team management and medical team agreed that it was in his best interests to miss Tirreno-Adriatico and adjust his race program, in order to recover properly." BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr Max Testa said in a press release. ...

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