RICHIE Porte will climb back in the saddle this weekend more three months after a horrific fall ended his Tour De France.
The 32-year-old Australian has not been riding since he fractured his pelvis and broke his collarbone in a crash on Mont du Chat on the ninth stage in July.
Porte could have rested for the remainder of the year but decided to take part in the Japan Cup - a 144km season-ending event in Utsunomiya.
"Not only is it a chance for me to get another race day in the legs before the end of the season, but it's also my first opportunity to race at the Japan Cup since 2013,” Porte said.
"It's always a great atmosphere at the race. I can definitely say it's one of my favourite races.
"Given I haven't raced since July, I'm not going in with any expectations.
"I'm just happy to be racing again this year before my focus turns to the 2018 season.”
The BMC rider had been in top form before crashing out while sitting fifth in the overall Tour standings.