Trek-Segafredo has confirmed that 33-year-old Australian Richie Porte will be joining the team in 2019.
Porte has won multiple one-week stage races in addition to numerous stages in the Grand Tours but has never reached the top three of a Grand Tour after crashing out of the Tour de France the last two years. Trek-Segafredo will look to Porte to lead them at the Tour in 2019.
Richie Porte: “I am thrilled to finally confirm that I will join Trek-Segafredo in 2019. I had a great time at BMC Racing Team, and I want to thank them for the past three years, but I feel ready to take on another challenge, which I am certain I will find at Trek-Segafredo.
“I am particularly looking forward to focusing on more races throughout the year. Of course, the Tour de France will still be a huge goal for me, and I am excited to go there to race with a super strong team alongside me, but I will also aim for one-week stage races, like the ones I have won before, and the ones I have never raced. Honestly, I am really excited to start this new chapter in my career – I can’t wait!”
Trek Segafredo General Manager Luca Guercilena: “Richie is a remarkable cyclist that has shown his capacities in the past, and I am confident he still has great results in him for the next few years. Obviously, he has a lot of experience and leadership to share with our young riders, something I believe the whole team will benefit from. I am sure he will fit in well with the group of riders we are assembling for next year. We are excited to have him on board!”