Richie Porte takes stage 3 win at Tour Down Under: The race is not over yet
Jan 23 2020 10:52 pm CET

Richie Porte takes stage 3 win at Tour Down Under: The race is not over yet
Richie Porte takes stage 3 win at Tour Down Under: The race is not over yet

Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte has taken the victory of the third stage at the Santos Tour Down Under.

This is the eighth stage victory for Porte in the race of his home country, and he took it by showing his strength at the Paracombe climb that closed the day's route. Trek-Segafredo took the lead of the peloton for most of the stage to put Porte in an ideal position to tackle the last climb of the day.

"Firstly, the team had a fantastic day," said the rider at the end of the stage. "I have to take my cap off to those boys; they put all their faith in me today. They did a really good job of controlling. To take another victory on a stage like this is a great feeling.

"The strategy was to have as many guys up there into the bottom, and they did a super job. Some of these younger guys are prepared to take much bigger risks than us older guys, it was a hectic run-in to the climb, but the guys put me in such a good position."

Porte's teammate neo-pro Juan Pedro López took the Australian on his wheel for a large part of the final climb and it was perfect for the rider. When the Australian changed the pace close to the end, nobody could respond, and he crossed the finish line five seconds ahead of a group that included riders like Robert Power (Sunweb), Simon Yates, Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), Rohan Dennis (Ineos) and Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), among others.

"López did a fantastic job," explained Porte. "I felt good at the bottom of the climb and got a bit of a gap there. It was a shame it was such a headwind in the finale as I think we could have done some real damage."

The rider holds a six-second lead over Impey -the defending champion of the race- and he knows that his victory is not done yet. "Daryl is still the man to beat, I think," he commented. "Historically this has been the queen stage, but two more stages before Willunga – the race is not over yet. There's time bonuses on the road as well, and I expect that Mitchelton will go for them. I am happy to get the win today for the team."




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