It was back in 2008 when Richie Porte first lined up at the Santos Tour Down Under, getting a spot in the national team to race at his first top-tier international event. Now fourteen years later he’s taking the journey full circle, out racing on the roads of South Australia for the last time.

The 36-year-old Ineos Grenadiers rider is again with the national squad (Team Garmin Australia) at the Santos Festival of Cycling as he mentors another generation of hopefuls. It isn’t the WorldTour finale to his time at the race the rider – who is retiring at the end of this season – had hoped for with the cancellation of the international event for a second year, but he still plans to make the most of his last time on the vineyard lined roads and particularly the final climb Willunga Hill. 

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