Porte Concludes Season Early Given Fitness Issues

Aussie cycling star Richie Porte has decided to conclude his 2014 season early given serious health problems. The rider has not participated in any of the championships since Tour France this year.
“I could not come up with best health this time”, Porte noted. “I spoke to doctors in Manchester & we have discovered that I had mild pneumonia during the France Tour.”
Richie helped Froome in winning 2013 Tour France title & scored a number of great achievements for himself last year- including overall victory in Paris-Nice & 2nd position in Vuelta Pais Vasco & Criterium Dauphine.
However, 2014 season did not prove to be that generous for the star Aussie rider. His sole victory this year was at Down Under Tour & he also achieved an overall 2nd position in Vuelta Andalucia.
At Tirreno-Adriatico, Porte was all-ready to challenge alberto Contador, the eventual winner- yet it was his sudden sickness that pushed him to withdraw from the race. He also had to cancel plans to bid for Giro’s pinkjersey. But by Tour France in July, he came back stronger & even took up the Sky lead as Froome crashed out – yet again had to go out of the contention due to a bad chest infection.
“For me it is like end of year now”, said Porte. “But I am hopeful to come up with a far better season next year. I won’t be beating myself much – I have experienced something similar 3 years back & I also have good years since. I am really happy to mark a line here & move on.”
Porte joined up with team Sky after his stint in Saxo Bank in the year 2012. He has assisted Sir Wiggins in winning Tour France title in 2012 as well as Froome the next year.