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Saxo Bank Signs Tasmanian Talent
By Chris Graetz
Date: 10/9/2009
Saxo Bank Signs Tasmanian Talent

Saxo Bank Signs Tasmanian Talent
Ritchie Porte moves up to pro contract with Bjarne Riis' crew

Team Saxo Bank has signed a two-year contract with the big Australian talent, 24-year-old Richie Porte, who after a phenomenally short career has impressed the world of cycling after just three years in the sport. This year alone he has celebrated more than a handful of triumphs on the European season. Thus, the young rider won the time trial in the baby Giro, Ciclistico the Giro d'Italia for his Italian team Bedogni/Grassi/Natalini/Gr.Praga where former pro, Andrea Tafi now leads the team as sports director. The young Tasmanian rider is undoubtedly a huge talent:

"Richie is relatively new in the world of cycling, but he has already shown his great talent on the road by winning several impressive victories in the diverse terrain and on time trials. With his winning character and team spirit, he will undoubtedly fall well into place on Team Saxo Bank. We are looking forward to working with Richie and even more so to developing his obvious great talent”, commented team owner, Bjarne Riis on his new rider.

Interview and photos:
Interview: Richie Porte - Tasmanian Wheelman on the Move!

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