Tour de France: Richie Porte plans to go all out on Sunday
Jul 08 2017 11:36 pm CET

Tour de France: Richie Porte plans to go all out on Sunday
Tour de France: Richie Porte plans to go all out on Sunday
Photo of Richie Porte © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

No major attacks were launched in the eighth stage of the Tour de France on Saturday but Richie Porte is planning to make a difference on Sunday.

The stage from Dole to Station des Rousses offered a big climb near the finish but none of the key candidates for the Yellow Jersey took this opportunity to attack. Instead, it looked like this stage was little more than a warm-up for what is to come on Sunday.

"It was a hard day and I think in the final everything evened out," Porte said at the finish. "Tomorrow well feel that one in the legs for sure."

Porte's teammates Greg Van Avermaet and Nicolas Roche both formed part of the lead group for some time but neither managed to compete for the stage victory.

"Greg was also the plan this morning," Porte explained. "it was good that it happened but they chased pretty hard behind and it didn't quite work out."

The Australian of BMC Racing Team believes that attacking is the only option in Sunday's difficult mountain stage.

"You're gonna have to. It's such a hard day and everybody had a pretty solid day today so I think there'll be some tired legs out there."

While BMC did most of the work in the first mountain stage in this Tour de France on Wednesday, it was now to Team Sky to spend most of the day at the front of the peloton. Although their dominance made sure that no attacks were launched, Porte hopes that the energy spent in this stage will cost them in stage 9.

"It was good to see them pull on the front today. I hope there'll be some tired legs among them tomorrow," he concluded.




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