Tour de France: Richie Porte targeting Team Sky one-two finish with Chris Froome
Last Updated: 27/06/13 4:33pm
Richie Porte, left, will be Chris Froome's chief domestique at the Tour
Richie Porte says it would be a "dream" to emulate Chris Froome and finish second behind the Team Sky leader at this summer's Tour de France.
Froome was chief lieutenant to Sir Bradley Wiggins at last year's race and rode so strongly he finished runner-up to his team-mate overall.
Porte, 28, now finds himself in the same No 2 position and, having enjoyed a breakthrough season so far, he feels he has the potential to challenge for a place on the podium in Paris.
He has already finished second behind Froome at the Criterium International and Criterium du Dauphine this season, and now the Australian, who won Paris-Nice in March, is eyeing a hat-trick.
"Last year Chris had the same role as I have this year," he told teamsky.com. "I talk with Chris every day. We train a lot together so I know what it entails. He has done his apprenticeship, but he was in such brilliant form last year that he was also able to hold on and finish second on GC.
"It would be an absolute dream to do something similar. It is not an easy thing to do. With the form I have at the moment - and you need a bit of luck I guess - I have done everything I can to be up there at the pointy end on GC come Paris."
Porte was part of the Team Sky squad that picked up six stage wins and overall victory at the 2012 Tour.
Although he has lofty ambitions for this year's race, he acknowledges the events of last summer will be difficult to emulate.
"Last year was just an absolute dream," he admitted. "It would be hard to top it. Winning six stages and coming first on GC. It was an incredible three weeks and it just went like clockwork.
"This year is a bit different without the prologue to start with. The first few stages mean that everyone has the chance to move up and wear that jersey."
The Tour starts in Corsica on Saturday. Read our race guide here