Featuring an interview with Richie Porte, the great Real Peloton podcast touched on a curious story that’s worth a peek.
|Not so rich now Richie|
Richie Porte has a standard neo-pro two year contract with Bjarne Riis that ends after the 2011 season. Only with the stellar season he’s had, he got dollar-signs in his eyes. Riis recognised this and was ready to offer the Tasmanian talent a juicy €150,000 bonus.
Yet perhaps this wasn’t enough because at the same time Porte’s agent Andrew McQuaid was shopping the rider around to other teams. Team Sky were particularly interested and ready to offer a lot of money. Both Porte and his agent seem to have been overly-excited by the new money, as if forgetting that Porte had a deal with Riis.
|Mr Poker Face|
Eventually the Danish enigma put his foot down and told Porte he wasn’t going anywhere. “He has a contract. He’s not leaving. It’s as simple as that… …Richie’s manager is trying to provoke us, he’s trying to trap us” said Riis, bemoaning the agent’s attempts to drive a wedge between the rider and his current team, a practice known as “tampering” in the US. It turns out that as well as enforcing the contract, a vengeful Riis ripped up the bonus.
The outcome of all this is that Porte is back to his neo-pro salary of about €50,000. Riis once stood ready to offer Porte a pot of gold. But the 300% pay rise dangled in front of his nose is gone thanks to bungled negotiations.
You can imagine an inexperienced neo-pro making mistakes especially when dealing with the ice-cool Riis. But that’s why a rider employs an agent, no?