Richie Porte wins and extends lead in Tour Down Under
Jan 21 2017 05:58 pm CET

Richie Porte wins and extends lead in Tour Down Under

Richie Porte of BMC Racing Team has once again won the stage to Willunga Hill and has as such extended his lead in the overall classification.

The Australian attacked from a small group with 1.7 kilometers to go to the finish and quickly created a gap with his closest rivals.

Porte, who had until late been supported by teammate Rohan Dennis, finished 20 seconds ahead of a group with Nathan Haas (Dimension Data), Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott), Diego Ulissi (UAE Abu Dhabi) and Jay McCarthy (Bora-hansgrohe).

Defending champion Simon Gerrans crossed the line at 3'31" from Porte and plays no further role for the final classification.

By winning this stage, Porte has secured the King of the Mountains jersey and only needs to avoid mistakes in the final stage to confirm the overall victory as well, leading Chaves by a comfortable 48 seconds.

"To win the stage like that is great," he said. "I get the accolades up there on the podium as the winner, but I can't say enough for my teammates. Each and every one of them put me in a great position today and it's just nice to finish it off. With one day to go I'd love to win this race. I'm so happy.

"It was the hardest climb up Willunga Hill that I've had so far. I didn't want to go so early but I didn't think they would attack so early on Willunga Hill. I was in a world of pain there. But the other guys were more stuffed than I was so I think that was the perfect moment to go.

"Tomorrow's not a procession. I'm in a good position and I think I can stay out of trouble. I just want to finish it off tomorrow. I've always wanted to win this race since I raced it with UniSA. I've said it before, I'd love to have my name up there."

The final stage, taking place on a circuit in Adelaide, is mostly flat and is not expected to further influence the general standings.

Photo of Richie Porte by Mary Cárdenas /



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