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Richie Porte is on the phone from Launceston, talking all things cycling, when the interview takes an unexpected turn.
"My daughter just started to walk. Just then. Good job, Eloise," he says with parental pride.
That precious moment encapsulates where one of Australian cycling's greatest competitors is at in his life.
Porte will turn 37 on January 30 and is entering the last season of his 13-year professional career.
While he still has some unrealised goals next year, one of Tasmania's finest sporting exports is pondering what comes next for him and his family.
He and wife Gemma are the parents of Luca and younger sister Eloise, who made a high-profile entry to the world last September.
Everyone in cycling knew about Eloise because Porte had missed her birth to race at the Tour de France.
Gemma bluntly told Porte that she had better not see him on TV sulking at the back of the peloton, because he was not with them.
Heeding her warning, Porte rode to third overall - only the second Australian after Cadel Evans to reach the Tour podium.
It will prove the high point of an outstanding career.
Porte will not ride a 12th Tour in his final season - he says he's done "my thing" there.
Instead, next year will be about ticking a couple of unrealised goals, having fun and preparing for the world outside the bubble of professional sport.
"The one thing the team (Ineos) really wants out of it is for me to enjoy my last year. It's also my plan," he said.
"It's been a brilliant ride, but one more go at it. I'd like to be competitive still ... otherwise it's wasting our time as a family."
His swansong season will start at Adelaide's Santos Festival Of Cycling, a domestic event which is being held in place of the Tour Down Under for the second year because of international travel restrictions.
There Porte will aim to add an exclamation point to his extraordinary reign as the King of Willunga Hill, the decisive stage that he has won seven times.
In Europe, Porte wants to add Tirreno-Adriatico to his impressive haul of one-week stage race titles that include Criterium Dauphine and Paris-Nice.
And while the Tour is off his radar, he'd like to bookend his career with another three-week Grand Tour.
In 2010, Porte announced himself as Australian cycling's next big thing when he finished seventh overall and won the young rider category at the Giro d'Italia.
"If I can close the circle there, that would be a dream," he said.
"It's a race I've always enjoyed."
As Porte looks to the future, he is keen to mentor young riders - new teammate Luke Plapp will train with him in Tasmania over Christmas.
He has much wisdom to impart, having weathered a series of crashes and setbacks at the Tour on the way to last year's landmark podium finish.
Porte also did it his way, establishing himself in Europe without the traditional apprenticeship through cycling's Australian Institute of Sport program.
"It's nice to still be at the pointy end of bike races at 36 against these young kids who are so incredibly talented," he said.
"You give your opinion - watches and cars are not the best investments and then do exactly what I would have done 10 years ago.
"When you're watching the Tour in 10 years time, I can tell my son and daughter 'I rode with those guys'.
"If there's a good, young talent, maybe I can help them to make that step to Europe with the contacts I've made.
"Help the kids who have slipped through the cracks of institutes - that's probably the role I'd like to play in cycling."