Tasmanian Richie Porte is excited to be back on his bike, following last month’s horrific Tour de France crash.
On Monday, Porte posted a photo to his Twitter of his first ride since he crashed at high speed on July 9. He was sitting in fifth position in the overall standings, before the incident on Mont du Chat during stage nine of the Tour de France.
Porte suffered a fractured pelvis and a broken collarbone, deemed a significant occupational hazard among pro cyclists.
There is no indication of when Porte will be racing again. Experts say that he will need significant rehabilitation before he can cycle competitively.
The cycling champ appeared to be in good spirits, flashing the camera a winning smile.
— Richie Porte (@richie_porte) August 14, 2017
Porte said he hoped to compete in a race before the end of the season, and this ride proves he’s on track in his recovery.
“If I come back I think I could ride the Tour of Britain or the Canadian races, just to help the team” he said last month. “Because the amount of form I’ll lose, the last part of the season is a write-off.”