RICHIE Porte could not have scripted a better way to cap his preparation for the 2018 Tour de France.
The Australian cyclist cruised to victory in the Tour de Suisse on Sunday, finishing more than a minute clear of his nearest challenger in the general classification.
“It’s absolutely incredible,” Porte told the press afterwards.
“Winning the team time trial and then the guys did such a fantastic job all week and to win this race, it means a lot to me.”
Next up is Le Tour, where Porte is looking to make amends after crashing out in spectacular fashion last year.
The 33-year-old Tasmanian was among the contenders when he lost control and came off the road during a fast descent at Mont du Chat in stage nine.
He is determined to do better this time around.
“It’s good signs,” he said.
“I mean, I haven’t raced since Tour of Romandie.
“I was at home for the birth of my son two weeks ago and I’ve only had one night at home with him so I think it’s great for me to get to go home for a bit of time, a bit of a training camp, and I think I can be better at the Tour de France.”
Online bookmaker Sportsbet.com.au now has Porte (+300) on the second line of outright betting for Le Tour.
The man to beat is +200 favourite Chris Froome, who is chasing his fifth yellow jersey in six years.
Other notables include three-time podium finisher Nairo Quintana (+450) and former Giro d’Italia winner Mikel Landa (+500).
The 2018 Tour de France commences on Saturday, July 7 on the island of Noirmoutier.
2018 Tour de France outright odds
+200 – Chris Froome
+300 – Richie Porte
+450 – Nairo Quintana
+500 – Mikel Landa
+700 – Tom Dumoulin
+800 – Vincenzo Nibali
+1000 – Romain Bardet
+1400 – Geraint Thomas
+1700 – Alejandro Valverde
+2000 – Adam Yates, Egan Bernal
+2500 – Jakob Fuglsang, Rigoberto Uran
+3000 – Miguel Angel Lopez, Primoz Roglic, Iinur Zakarin
+4000 – Daniel Martin, Simon Yates
+5000 – Steven Kruiswijk
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