Porte spent four years at Team Sky, helping Bradley Wiggins to Tour de France victory in 2012, then Froome to yellow jersey success in 2013 and 2015.
The Australian has since moved across to BMC and, while no longer teammates with Froome, he has maintained a friendship with the Briton. While the friendship was tested on the final stage of last year’s Critérium du Dauphiné, Porte explained the two remain “good friends”.
Froome returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for salbutamol in the final week of the 2017 Vuelta a España as he fought for overall victory. Twice the permitted 1000ng/ml level of the asthma drug was found in his urine and he could now lose his Vuelta title and face a ban from the sport.
To avoid punishment, Froome and his legal team must convince the anti-doping authorities that he did not exceed the permitted dosage and that his sample was skewed by other factors, such as dehydration.
Porte, speaking after claiming bronze in the Australian national time trial championships, admitted he was shocked when he heard the news.
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