Sport Richie Porte's landmark Tour de France moment arrives late, but just in time

23:05  20 september  2020
23:05  20 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

Richie Porte's Tour de France podium punctured before fightback as Primoz Roglic tightens grip on yellow jersey

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Richie Porte finished third in the Tour de France , only the second Australian to secure a podium Porte secured his first podium finish in the famous race with a scorching time trial that leapfrogged "He went into the professional cycling ranks very late by traditional standards — he was 25 when he

Richie Porte ’ s third place at the Tour De France on Sunday was the best finish for an Australian barring Misfortune hampered Porte ’ s efforts to match Evans in wearing the famous yellow jersey on the “The time trial yesterday, it was one of the best time trials I’ve done in my career. It’s just been

Regardless of his performance at this year's Tour de France, Richie Porte was going to go down as one of the greats of Australian cycling.

The Tasmanian has been competing with the world's best for more than a decade and was part of a Tour de France dynasty as recently as 2015.

He has two overall wins at the Tour Down Under, in 2017 and 2020, and has won its premier stage every year from 2014 to 2019.

But as Porte (and every other cyclist in the world) knows, Willunga Hill is not the Pyrenees — not by way of geography, elevation or, most importantly, prestige.

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The moment Richie Porte realises his Tour de France is over (Image credit: Getty Images). Porte came into the Tour de France looking to secure a podium spot, and after clinching the Tour de Several other riders crashed at the same time as Porte , including his teammate Stefan Kung, Andre

In his 10th Tour de France , Richie Porte is on track to land his first ever Grand Tour podium following a terrific ride in Saturday’ s stage 20 time trial. “It’ s just so incredible to finally do it, it feels like a victory to be honest.” Assuming Porte makes it safely through the final stage in Paris, he will secure

"It doesn't matter what races you have won, the Tour's the one you are judged on," he said after locking up third place at this year's Tour de France.

"I said to my wife that the photo that I want to have when I retire is the one standing on the podium in Paris."

A few years ago it seemed time was the only thing between Porte and him getting in the frame of that photo, but as the years went by, it became painfully clear nothing was certain.

An over-qualified back-up

Porte was marked as a star of the future after finishing seventh at his first Grand Tour, the Giro d'Italia, in 2010 and winning the race's young rider classification as a 25-year-old.

Consistently impressive performances at smaller races saw him picked up by new British team Sky Procycling, which ruled the cycling world for the next half-decade.

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Richie Porte won’t outright say he can win the Tour de France but he is sure of his own mental resolve should it come down to a dog fight between him and Chris “I’ve been there so I know if you’re around that podium mark there’ s added pressure as well but at this point in time it’ s just getting there I guess

Richie Porte came close to the podium of the Tour de France and is ready to bridge the remaining gap as BMC Racing Team’s sole leader in 2017. Having fought his way out of a corner to win the Tour de France , Cadel Evans is now in Porte ’ s “So I’m really looking forward to just getting stuck into it.

During his time with Sky from 2012 to 2015, the team boasted three Tour de France champions — Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas — as well as sprint superstar Mark Cavendish.

Those massive names helped the team become the juggernaut that won eight of nine Tour de France titles from 2012 to 2019, but in a pond that big, even a big fish can get lost.

Wiggins and Froome were on the first two steps of the podium in Paris, as Porte finished 35th overall. The next year, Froome powered to the first of his four yellow jerseys, with Porte the team's next-best finisher in 19th.

He was what was called a "super domestique" — a title that acknowledges a rider is good enough to compete at the top of the pile, but their job for now is to support their team's biggest gun (i.e. Porte was Scottie Pippen to Froome's Michael Jordan).

So, when Froome crashed out on stage five of the 2014 Tour, Sky redirected efforts to make Porte, who had become the first Aussie to win the famed Paris-Nice the previous year, the team leader.

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(AP) – Richie Porte said before the Tour de France that his hopes of dethroning Chris Froome rested on not having any more bad luck – such as the fall that knocked him out of last year’ s race. Misfortune struck Porte again on Sunday when he was injured in a crash at the start of Stage 9 and couldn’t

Porte ’ s Tour de France hopes had looked good up until his crash. He was third in the Tour de Romandie and then won the Tour de Suisse. He was sitting tenth overall on Sunday morning, 57 seconds behind his teammate Greg Van Avermaet. His aim was to get through the stage without

Unfortunately, 2014 was the worst possible year for the Australian to be asked to lead the team.

Illness had forced him to pull out of a series of races through Europe, including the Giro d'Italia, to start the year and he was not in peak physical condition heading into France.

Despite this, he was in the top five after the first high-mountain finish on stage 10, but it all fell apart when he lost over eight minutes to eventual champion Vincenzo Nibali in stifling heat during stage 13.

Porte eventually finished 23rd overall and was diagnosed with pneumonia later in the year.

He left Sky to try to forge his own path after helping Froome pull on another yellow jersey in 2015, and unlike many other super domestiques, he said he left with no ill will towards the team or the people employed by them.

He even married one of them.

Proving he's good enough to lead

After being a key cog in a winning machine, Porte's next move was to try and win the Tour with BMC, just as countryman Cadel Evans did in 2011.

The career progression looked on track as he was in the mix at a series of big races to start 2016, and despite being kept at bay by Sky as Froome won for a third time in 2016, Porte's fifth-placed finish suggested he was one of the next in line.

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Richie Porte at the Tour de France . Photo: ©kramon. The fanfare around Porte has been quieter this season, his first with Trek-Segafredo, and his performances in most of his one-week racing At the same time , Porte said in the run-up to this Tour that he was feeling less pressure than in years past.

Tour de France gallery: Slovenia storms the podium on stage 13. Porte ’ s BMC team smashed the stage 1 team time trial, the 33-year-old moved into yellow on stage 5, and then he Richie Porte : I only had one night. He arrived on a Saturday — Gemma stayed in hospital till the Tuesday so then I

But it's never that simple in cycling.

Victories at the Tour Down Under (2017), Tour de Romandie (2017) and Tour de Suisse (2018) and pre-race favouritism counted for little as his next two trips to France yielded DNFs thanks to nasty crashes, one of which left him with a broken collarbone and hip.

Having proven his ability as a team leader with BMC, he left and joined another American outfit, Trek-Segafredo, for the 2019 season.

But, like Alberto Contador surging ahead after Andy Schleck's chain fell off at the 2010 Tour, time waits for no man and Porte was a few days shy of his 34th birthday when he signed with Trek.

Only four riders have won the Tour de France after turning 34, and Evans is the only one to do so since 1948, so it was reasonable to ask if Porte still had a serious challenge in him.

But he just kept on trucking.

Second in the 2019 Tour Down Under was bettered with another overall win this year, with a top-five finish at the Tour of California and multiple stage and GC challenges at the Criterium du Dauphine keeping him in the back of everyone's mind, and he just missed the top 10 at last year's Tour de France.

Even so, when the 35-year-old arrived for his 10th Tour de France this year, he was not considered a major threat.

The only reason he was Trek's leader in the race was because teammate and 2014 winner Vincenzo Nibali pulled out to focus on the Olympics and his home Giro d'Italia.

But since the first couple of days, Porte has never been out of the mix.

He finished 14th on stage four to climb to 16th overall and hasn't dropped below 20th in the GC standings since then, steadily making his way up the rankings like a climb up the Alps.

Ninth on stage nine, third on stage 15, fifth and sixth on 17 and 18, and then, just as Evans did nine years ago, he produced a cold-blooded ride in the high-pressure time trial to leapfrog into that all-important final spot.

2020 may be the last time we see him seriously challenge at a Grand Tour or even race as a team leader, and it would have felt wrong to see him come so close so often over a decade of professional racing and not finish up with a Parisian podium to his name.

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