Tour de France: Richie Porte pleased but would have liked to do more
Jul 05 2017 11:42 pm CET

Tour de France: Richie Porte pleased but would have liked to do more

Richie Porte was pleased with the result of the first real mountain stage in this year's Tour de France although he would have liked to do more.

Porte finished in fourth place in the fifth stage, after forming part of a group with Chris Froome, Daniel Martin and Romain Bardet. The four tried to chase down Fabio Aru but the Italian ended up taking the stage victory.

BMC set the pace in the peloton for most of the day and Porte himself looked strong on the final climb, but the Australian's only attempt to get away from his rivals led to nothing.

"I can't say any more for my team," said Porte. "They were incredible today. They took it up and I think we kind of took it to them in the final there, but Aru slipped away. I'm still happy with my ride, for the first mountain stage. I kind of expected to do more but it's a long way to go."

Asked about the performance of Aru and the Astana rider's chances in what remains of this Tour de France, Porte replies that he had been "incredible".

"In the Dauphine he was there but hardly figured. Now he's obviously going well but I think he's gonna have more pressure now in this race. We saw last year he took it up and then exploded on one of the last stages. I tip my hat to him for today, it was a good ride, but it'll put a little bit more pressure on him, I think."

The BMC leader acknowledges that Froome, who took the Yellow Jersey, looks stronger than he did in recent races but doesn't believe Team Sky has the same level as it did in the past.

"When he (Froome) did his usual squeeze there he dropped quite a few guys. You know he's obviously going better than he was at the last race we saw him. But I think the Team Sky were not quite what they were last year but they still have a lot of pressure coming up.
Photo of Richie Porte by Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com





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