CYCLING: Chasing Tour de France glory, Tasmania's Richie Porte is delighted to have 2011 winner and fellow Aussie Cadel Evans to call upon for support.
Evans is the global ambassador for BMC Racing Team, which he rode for from 2010 until his retirement in February last year.
Previously a bit player at British Team Sky, Porte switched to BMC this year so he could ride for himself, rather than as a support to British star Chris Froome.
Porte finished fifth as BMC's No.1 rider during the 2016 Tour.
"He's a big inspiration for me. One of the reasons I'm riding a bike is the Cadel Evans factor,” Porte told the CyclingTips website.
"So then to have Cadel this year in the Tour de France like on WhatsApp or even in the room before the race started is a huge mental tower to lean on.”
Porte will ride at the road nationals in Ballarat from January 4-8, followed by the Tour Down Under in Adelaide a week later.