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Richie Porte blasts Tour de France route: A bit of a joke of a course

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Richie Porte has questioned whether Tour de France organisers would be happy watching their sons descend the high-speed Mont du Chat.

In an interview with SBS, Porte spoke about his disappointment with the stage’s safety. “Basically, every rider in that peloton was questioning the safety of that descent,” he said.

“Basically, every rider in that (Tour) peloton was questioning the safety of that descent,” he said. “The organisers do need to look at that. Would they be happy to sit there and watch their son go down that descent?

“That’s a pretty valid question, not just because I’m sat on my couch and unable to move off it for three weeks.”

Porte is determined to return to the Tour next season, but hopes for a course better suiting his strengths.

“I’m super-motivated for the Tour de France, 2018 – for me that’s the biggest thing. (This year) was a bit of a joke of a course – it’s not really a traditional Tour de France. I don’t really know that they got it right.”

Porte says he had no problems with descending and doubted there would be any psychological scars from this crash.

“I don’t see it as something that’s going to plague me for the rest of my career.”

The Australian rider blames his crash on his rear wheel locking unexpectedly. Porte added his body felt like it was on fire from all the skin he lost in the crash.

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