No, Porte would not feel the need to have his friend and great rival nobbled judging by the confidence that seemed to radiate from his toned, Tasmanian torso at the official BMC Tour de France press conference.
"Things like having training camps at home in Monaco and building a core group of team-mates around me from the first race of the year in Australia have really helped me".
Porte was among a breakaway on the 171-kilometre leg from Segovia and eventually went clear with Katusha rider Denis Menchov who accelerated away within sight of the mountain-top finish in Bola del Mundoto to take the stage by 17 seconds.
In addition, FDJ will distribute 500,000 gifts to supporters at the roadside as the Caravan travels ahead of the peloton throughout the contest. Froome's third difficulty could be intensified media pressure, given the ongoing UK Anti-Doping investigation into Sky, principally concerning the suspicions surrounding Sir Bradley Wiggins' 2012 Tour de France victory.
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The appearance of Richie Porte here in Dusseldorf on Thursday just happened to coincide with an update on the search for the driver who knocked Chris Froome off his bike near Monaco last month. Last year, he proved more adept than any of his rivals in gaining time with surprise attacks in the Pyrenees and at Montpellier.
I don't think this Tour will be won and lost on a single stage, but a combination of three weeks put together. I can see where those questions are coming from.
"To be honest I'm just looking forward to getting this started on Saturday". Crack a Kronenbourg, order up some frites and tune in because Tour de France season starts now. "I don't want people to think past year was a fluke". A typical Welsh character.
This race has "une pleiade de favoris", - a veritable Pleiades of favourites - in the poetic view of last year's runner-up Romain Bardet. He's been with the team a long time now and has a lot of experience. "You can't just wait for the big climbs".
In Michal Kwiatkowski you have a rider in the line-up who appears capable of taking on a multitude of roles within the team as needed throughout the Tour? Im sure the crowds will be out, with the time trial on the opening day and the start of stage two. After winning Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo, Kwiato earned two podium finishes in the Ardennes Classics, before demonstrating his versatility by producing an inspired climbing performance in support of Chris Froome at the Criterium du Dauphine.