Richie Porte is looking forward to continuing his support act for Bradley Wiggins at the Tour de France.
The Australian, in his first season with Team Sky, has helped Wiggins to victories in Paris-Nice, the Tour de Romandie and the Criterium du Dauphine already this year.
And he will be one of Wiggins' key helpers during the biggest race of all, particularly when it enters the Alps and Pyrenees.
"In the high mountains is where it’s most spectacular to watch on television and I’d love to be there throwing punches alongside Bradley," he said.
Asked how much communication there is between the two of them in the heat of battle, Porte added: "It’s funny. In Paris-Nice and Romandie where I’ve had to pull on the front on some of the climbs it’s just as simple as Brad saying, ‘go on’. You do your job and Brad finishes it off every time basically."
"It’s a strong team and the aim is to do well in both the yellow and green jerseys, it has been since the season started."
Stronger with experience
Porte made his Tour de France debut for Saxo Bank last year alongside Alberto Contador and learned a lot from the experience.
"It was a little daunting,” he explained. “It’s a race you watched on TV as a young guy and is the biggest race in the world and everybody is there on the top of their game.
"We went to the Giro last year with Alberto and he was just a level above everybody. There wasn’t a lot you could do to help the guy. But then in the Tour we came crashing back down to earth. It’s a funny one to look back on but it was great to ride with such a big champion."
On a personal level, Porte aims to showcase his time-trialling prowess during the Tour and then hopes to represent Australia at the London Olympics straight afterwards.
"In the time-trial it’s always nice to do well but it’s just going to depend on the legs when you get there. The main priority is to help (Wiggins)," he added.
"Hopefully I’ll do the Olympics. The Australian team is pretty hard to crack but I’m quietly confident.”