This year's Giro d'Italia starts May 9 in Belfast. It will as it travels from the south of Italy to the mountain passes in the Alps. After the 46.4-kilometre time trial to Barolo, in Piedmont's wine famous regions, summit finishes feature the menu. In the nine days of racing from Barolo to Trieste, six end on a high note.
Porte said that he will improve his time trial riding and that he climbs well. He added that the importance of leadership is "massive."
"The key for me in the Giro is to not get sick. We've seen the weather can be a massive factor," he said.