It's been some month for Richie Porte. Winner of Paris-Nice at the start of March, he was second overall to team mate Chris Froome in last weekend's Criterium International on Corsica. Porte had actually gone into the second day leading the GC, and Froome's attack on the Col de l'Ospedale to win the stage and the overall had some wondering once again whether there was a rift in the Sky camp. Daniel Lloyd caught up with Porte for a chat in which the Tasmanian, by coincidence just back from a cafe ride with fellow Monaco resident Froome, puts the record straight.
The 28-year-old also talks about his plans for the rest of the season - the Tour de Romandie, he reveals, is a big personal goal - as well as answering the criticism levelled at Sky from some quarters about what is perceived as their over reliance on playing the numbers game by riding to the power output shown on their SRM monitors. It's not often you'll see a cuddly toy take pride of place among a top athlete's trophies - the lion in the background is most likely one of those Porte would have bagged at Paris-Nice courtesy of race sponsor LCL
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.