• Richie Porte sat down with Mike Tomalaris before the Tour to discuss life, love and the Tour (Supplied)
Richie Porte sat down with SBS' Mike Tomalaris before the Tour to discuss the finer things in life and how he feels about the next three weeks of the Tour de France.
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Cycling Central

13 Jul - 9:08 AM 

Porte spoke about feeling a more relaxed this year, something he puts down to becoming a father for the first time. 

"Everyone wants to have that famous photo standing on the Champs on the podium to hang in their house. But I suppose that now my wife and my baby boy are the biggest things in my life not just cycling."

Watch the one-on-one interview with Richie Porte and Mike Tomalaris:

On Froome - his former teammate at Sky, and once close friend - and the 2017 winner's pre-Tour doping case mire, the Tasmanian gave a somewhat typically Australian response.

"We're not as close as we once were but he's had a fair bit of stuff going on."

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Porte also successfully predicted how the fans would behave around the Brit. 

"It's going to be a tough Tour for him. Us Aussies we don't boo people do we? It's not the place for it but it's going to be hostile out there."

Going into stage 7, the Australian now sits 10th and 53 seconds behind his team mate Greg van Avermaet in the yellow jersey. Find out how he's going in comparison to his major rivals:

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It was far from a conclusive stage for the general classification riders, but the ascent of the Mûr-de-Bretagne revealed the first glimpse of who is the strongest on the climbs at this year's race.

You can watch every stage of the Tour de France every night LIVE and exclusive on SBS. Stage times vary so check your local guides for start times. 

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