Richie Porte knows he could have suffered much more serious injuries in the crash that wiped out his Tour de France campaign.
Crash casualty Richie Porte has questioned whether Tour de France organisers would be happy watching their sons descend the high-speed Mont du Chat.
The Australian cycling star had mixed emotions after the horrifying crash on stage nine earlier this week that wiped out his Tour hopes.
Porte is well aware he could have suffered much more serious injuries in the high-speed crash, but is also flat after his Tour campaign of great expectations had ended in disaster.
He also is fuming that Tour organisers increasingly want to end important Tour stages with high-speed descents, rather than summit finishes.
Porte strongly defended his descending skills, noting he navigated the same descent last month in the Criterium du Dauphine without any issues.
But wet conditions on the Mont du Chat and Tour de France pressure added extra risk.
"Basically, every rider in that (Tour) peloton was questioning the safety of that descent," he said.
"The organisers do need to look at that.
"Would they be happy to sit there and watch their son go down that descent?
"That's a pretty valid question, not just because I'm sat on my couch and unable to move off it for three weeks."
Porte is determined to return to the Tour next season, but hopes for a course better suiting his strengths.
He was dismissive of this year's route, that only featured three summit finishes and two short time trials.
"I'm super-motivated for the Tour de France, 2018 - for me that's the biggest thing.
"(This year) was a bit of a joke of a course - it's not really a traditional Tour de France.
"I don't really know that they got it right."
Speaking from his Monaco home, Porte said he had no problems with descending and doubted there would be any psychological scars from this crash.
"I don't see it as something that's going to plague me for the rest of my career."
He blamed this week's crash on his rear wheel locking unexpectedly.
Porte added his body felt like it was on fire from all the skin he lost in the crash.
The Tasmanian is also restricted to a wheelchair and the couch as he recovers from a broken pelvis.
While Porte is nursing a collarbone fracture, the pelvis injury is much more serious for a pro cyclist.
He will have three weeks in Monaco before heading to BMC's Utah base, where Porte hopes to start riding again.
If he races again this season, Porte says it will not be for results because he will have lost so much fitness.
More immediately, Porte is battling boredom as he nurses his injuries.
"If anyone has any box set suggestions ..." he said.