Sept 7, 2011 – Highly-rated Australian rider Richie Porte, of Saxo Bank, will join Team Sky in 2012, the British outfit announced on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old emerged at last year’s Tour of Italy when he held the overall leader’s pink jersey from stages 11-13 before eventually finishing 7th.
This year he competed in the Tour of Italy and the Tour de France alongside Spain’s Alberto Contador.
The Tasmanian native, a capable climber and time-trialist, is Team Sky’s third new signing this week.
21-year-old duo Salvatore Puccio, of Italy, and Welshman Luke Rowe will also race for Sky in 2012.
Puccio won the recent under-23 Tour of Flanders, while Rowe has made his name in track cycling, including winning two junior European Championship titles.