Richie Porte wins and leads in Tour Down Under
Jan 18 2017 06:48 pm CET

Richie Porte wins and leads in Tour Down Under

Richie Porte of BMC Racing Team is the new leader of the Tour Down Under after finishing solo to win the second stage.

Porte launched an attack at the base of the Paracombe climb and crossed the finish line 16 seconds ahead of Movistar's Gorka Izagirre Insausti and Orica-Scott's Esteban Chaves.

The top five was completed by Porte's teammate Rohan Dennis and Dimension Data's Nathan Haas.

In the general classification, with four stages to go, Porte now has a 20-second lead over Izagirre with Chaves trailing by another two seconds.

"The BMC Racing Team boys were just incredible this morning. They really looked after me the whole day and it's nice to win on Paracombe," said stage winner Porte. "It's good to get a win already this season and now we'll try and defend this jersey.

"We started with the five laps around Stirling. We didn't really race it that hard which is a bit of a shame but at the end of the day I think I have a good gap on the General Classification. I know it's not over with a few quite hard stages remaining. The team are fantastic and strong so I'm quite confident.

"I know I've got good climbing legs and I didn't really want to wait around so to be able to ride away like that gives me good confidence."

The win is Porte's fourth at the Tour Down Under, having already won one stage each in the last three editions.
Photo of Richie Porte by Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com





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