Sport 'Rapt' Richie Porte gets Tour campaign back on track

04:32  10 july  2018
04:32  10 july  2018 Source:   theage.com.au

Porte crashes out of Tour de France

  Porte crashes out of Tour de France Australian BMC rider Richie Porte has suffered a devastating crash which resulted in a suspected broken collarbone and forced his withdrawal from the Tour de France.The 33-year-old rider was left in tears and was nursing his collarbone following the crash during stage nine of the event.

Based: Monaco. Richard “ Richie ” Porte was born in Launceston, Tasmania in 1985. Growing up he excelled as a triathlete before switching his attention After the Tour it was decided that Richie would sit out the rest of the year and instead focus on getting himself back to full health for the 2015 season.

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BMC Racing team in the third stage of the Tour de France.© AP BMC Racing team in the third stage of the Tour de France. “I’m rapt as dunny paper with that one, it was a super ride by the boys,” said a justifiably elated Richie Porte after the Australian and his teammates got his Tour de France campaign back on track with an impressive stage three team time trial win on Monday.

Porte should have been rapt, too. It was a much needed win for the BMC team that is in search of a new main sponsor for next year after the recent death of BMC owner Andy Rihs.

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Porte may be linked with a switch to the American Trek-Segafredo team next year, but the future of other riders and team staff is uncertain; and in the biggest race of the year, Monday’s victory was the medicine they all collectively needed to reaffirm their overriding goal of reaching the finish as the team of the 2018 Tour winner.

Porte climbing steadily in Tour de France

  Porte climbing steadily in Tour de France Richie Porte has edged his way up to 12th spot in the Tour de France after Peter Sagan won the fifth stage.World champion Peter Sagan won his second stage of the race on Wednesday, outsprinting Italian Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step) in a thrilling finish.

Six months on from crashing out of the Tour de France in a terrifying fall on the descent from the Mont du Chat, Richie Porte has been looking back at the high-speed crash and the road to recovery. Porte crashed on the final descent of stage nine into Chambery

Froome ran into difficulty towards the end of the stage; Porte dropped back to the team car to illegally get energy gels for his leader, then paced him to the end of the climb to limit his losses to Quintana and Joaquim Rodríguez. " Richie Porte solos to Tour Down Under win".

BMC’s win on Monday, their third in a team time trial this year, had several positive outcomes. Besides what it did for Porte, in helping him to make up for the 51 seconds he lost on stage one, it elevated Belgian teammate Greg van Avermaet, the Olympic road champion, into the yellow jersey as overall leader. It also put American teammate Tejay van Garderen in second place at the same time.

"It's been a fantastic day. To win the stage with a team like we have here, and especially with the passing of Andy Rihs, is special,” Porte said. “[It] puts us right back in the game. It's still a long way to Paris but it's great to win a stage at the Tour and we will enjoy this moment. It's also great to have the yellow jersey … Greg deserves it. For me, the next few days are really about staying out of trouble.”

Richie Porte out of Tour de France with broken collarbone

  Richie Porte out of Tour de France with broken collarbone While it was first thought Porte had not sustained any fractures in the crash during Sunday’s ninth stage, the bad news was confirmed after the stage finish.Richie Porte’s pain upon crashing out of the Tour de France for a second year running on Sunday was only matched by the anguish of later learning he had fractured his right clavicle and could now be out for six to eight weeks.

Allan Peiper will be key to Richie Porte 's success at this year's Tour de France (Rob Arnold/RIDE Media). SBS will broadcast the Tour de France live in HD from 7-29 July. In 2016, that rotten puncture on stage two and then smashing into the back of a motorcycle on Mont Ventoux saw him

Richie Porte has claimed on the eve of the Tour de France that Team Sky, where he worked with Chris Froome for four seasons, are ‘not as strong “Behind closed doors they think they’ve got the guy to do it; I mean he’s got the track record but Chris is obviously the one with the biggest target on his back .

Porte is now 14th overall at 51s to Van Avermaet and ahead of all but three rivals – Welshman Geraint Thomas (Sky), third at 3s to Van Avermaet, Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), 7th at 11s, Colombian Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac), 10th at 35s – and at one place but at the same time as Dane Jacob Fuglsang (Astana), 13th.

Chris Froome, left, sprints towards the finish line with his teammates during the third stage.© AP Chris Froome, left, sprints towards the finish line with his teammates during the third stage. Behind Porte going into the 195km fourth stage from La Baule to Sarzau were Spaniards Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Mikel Landa (Movistar), 16th and 17th respectively at 53s, British Tour champion Chris Froome (Sky), 18th at 55s, fellow Briton Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), 20th at 1 minute, Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), 22nd at 1m 06s, Frenchman Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale), 25th at 1m 15s, Daniel Martin (United Arab Emirates) 39th at1m 38s, and Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 59th at 2m 08s.

Tour de France 2018: Chris Froome booed, whistled at team presentation

  Tour de France 2018: Chris Froome booed, whistled at team presentation Spectators in attendance at a Tour de France presentation did not give the defending champion a warm welcome Thursday.LA ROCHE-SUR-YON, France — Chris Froome was whistled and booed as he took to the stage for the Tour de France's team presentation on Thursday.

Track . Cyclo-Cross. Richie Porte (BMC) ahead of the 2018 Tour de France. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com). Richie Porte on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation.

Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte are out of the Tour de France after crashing on stage nine, with Thomas sustaining a suspected broken collarbone, but Chris Froome still leads. We’ll get him back on track but that’s not nice to see.”

The way BMC rode on Monday also reflected the commitment of Porte’s teammates to protect his position in time – and from the dangers of crashes – in these tense early stages leading up to Sunday’s ninth stage that includes cobbles before the Tour next week reaches the first climbing stages in the Alps.

While warming down from Monday’s 35km team time trial in Cholet, riding his bike on rollers outside his BMC Racing team bus, Porte lauded his teammates for how strongly and smoothly they rode.

On a fast technical course made more challenging so by heat and wind, BMC used a massive 58 x 11 toothed gearing to reach speeds passing 90kmh while still allowing Porte to save energy for later use.

“It’s not really my thing,” Porte said of the team time trial.

“It was more up to the guys. I did little shorter turns, then got out of the way. It was still hard to get back on [after a turn at the front.].”

BMC won the 35km stage in 38 minutes 46.28 seconds with five of their eight riders together and time taken on the fourth finisher.

Sky was second at 4s with five riders, Quickstep (Luxembourg’s Bob Jungels,) third at 7s; Mitchelton-Scott (Yates) fourth at 9s; Team Sunweb (Dumoulin) fifth at 11s; EF Education First-Drapac (Uran) 6th at 35s; Astana (Fuglsang) 7th at 51s; Movistar (Quintana, Landa, Valverde) 10th at 53s; Bahrain Merida (Nibali) 11th at 1m 06s; Ag2r-La Mondiale (Bardet) 12th at 1m 15s, and UAE (Martin), 15th at 1m 38s.

Upcoming stages:

Tuesday: Stage 4 - La Baule – to Sarzeau, 195km: Another day for the sprinters. Most interesting will be who among the sprinters are starting to lose their edge after three days of racing. Interesting footnote is that the Mayor of Sarzeau is Union Cycliste Internationale president David Lappartient.

Wednesday: Stage 5 – Lorient to Quimper, 204.5km: A tough stage in Brittany with five categorised climbs and plenty of hills that could see a break contest the stage win, as it did in 1991 when Australian Phil Anderson won in Quimper in a sprint against three breakaways.

Cavendish out of Tour de France after failing to make time cut .
Mark Cavendish’s hopes of winning a Tour de France stage this year vanished for good on Wednesday when the Briton was disqualified from the race after failing to make the time cut on the 11th stage.  © REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Tour de France Dimension Data rider Cavendish crossed the line one hour five minutes and 33 seconds after stage winner Geraint Thomas, way outside the time limit that had been set at 31:27.

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