Michael 'Bling' Matthews wins Stage 14 of the 2017 Tour de France. Image: Sirotti.
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Richie Porte To Race With National Team At Adelaide Festival Of Cycling

Richie Porte will be one of a number of riders that make up the Australian National team during the Adelaide Festival of Cycling in January.

Held in place of the cancelled Tour Down Under, the Aussie National’s will be up against National Road Series teams during the January 19 – 24 period. The Nationals will be made up of WorldTour professionals given a temporary release from their trade teams.

Race Director Stuart O’Grady said it was fantastic that Richie and his family are back in Australia after an incredible year.

“For all the cycling fans out there and the public to be able to congratulate Richie in person for his historic podium in the TDF is just amazing,” he said.

“Being in Adelaide and supporting this event means a lot to the Santos Dour Down Under team behind the race and gives the young up and coming riders an amazing opportunity to ride alongside one of this country’s greatest cyclists”.

We would like to thank his team for next year, INEOS Grenadiers, in allowing him to return to Australia.”

Richie said it will be rewarding to come back and see some good young Aussie talent.

“There is plenty to love about Adelaide in January and it will be nice to catch up with the Aussie cycling fans to say hi. I think it’s good the South Australian government has got behind it too”.

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