Richie Porte to make racing return in Japan Cup

Australia's Richie Porte, left, and Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang. (Christophe Ena/AP)

SYDNEY, Australia — Australian cyclist Richie Porte will race for the first time since he was seriously injured in a crash at this year’s Tour de France when he lines up for his BMC team at the Japan Cup criterium and road race from Sunday.

Porte suffered a fractured pelvis and clavicle when he fell on the descent from Mont du Chat during the ninth stage of the Tour in July. He said at the time that he wouldn’t rush his recovery but "hopefully I’ll pull the BMC jersey on by the end of the year."

BMC confirmed in a statement Thursday that Porte would race in Japan, his last event of the 2017 season. He last raced in the event in 2013.