A last-minute change in Richie Porte’s program has been announced by his team, Trek-Segafredo, today. Porte is now set to race at the Volta a Catalunya instead of the earlier announced Paris-Nice.
Team physician, Scott Major: “A bronchitis sustained after the Jayco Herald Sun Tour has caused a setback in Richie’s build-up to the spring races, and his performance in UAE Tour confirmed this. Given these circumstances, Paris-Nice unfortunately comes too early for Richie.”
Richie Porte: “Paris-Nice was an important early-season goal for the team but also for me personally. I’ve won this race in 2013 and 2015 and I was really looking forward to go back there and try to win it for the third time. I am very sorry that that is not going to happen this year and I would like to thank the team for their understanding. I am confident that with a good block of solid training between now and the end of March, I will be ready to compete at the highest level in Volta a Catalunya.”
The final line-up for Volta a Catalunya will be announced later.
Trek-Segafredo line-up for Paris-Nice:
Julien Bernard (FRA)
Giulio Ciccone (ITA)
Koen de Kort (NED)
John Degenkolb (GER)
Alex Kirsch (LUX)
Jarlinson Pantano (COL)
Edward Theuns (BEL)