Richie Porte takes overall victory at Tour Down Under after finishing second at Willunga Hill
Jan 27 2020 07:48 am CET

Richie Porte takes overall victory at Tour Down Under after finishing second at Willunga Hill
Richie Porte takes overall victory at Tour Down Under after finishing second at Willunga Hill
Trek-Segafredo

Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte has taken the overall victory of the Santos Tour Down Under after a thrilling last stage.

The Australian rider started the day in the second position of the General Classification, two seconds behind South African champion Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott). Trek-Segafredo led the peloton for most of the day and at the second ascent of Willunga Hill, Mitchelton-Scott also did its part.

With 2.5 kilometres to the finish line, Impey struggled and lost contact with the pack and Porte took advantage of this to pin this victory to his palmares. The Australian lost Simon Yates on the last kilometres and crossed the finish line three seconds behind the winner of the stage Matthew Holmes (Lotto Soudal).

"To win the race again is a fantastic feeling," said Porte. "It was a hard day for our team; there were times when I thought maybe the GC was over and done with because it was a big group up the road. But credit to the guys, almost single-handedly, they brought that all back.

"You know people are quick to single out Mads Pedersen because he's the World Champion here helping me, but every one of my teammates has been incredible; they all played their part in today."

This victory comes just days after Ruth Winder of Trek-Segafredo also won the women's Tour Down Under. "Yeah, it's a great start to the year for us: for the women to win the women's Tour and then for me to win this one," said Porte. "Everyone has their opinions on peaking, and this and that, but being from Australia, to win the Tour Down Under, it's a great satisfaction.

"I won't let anybody take any of that away. I've worked hard for this, and now I know I can still win bike races, so it's good for the season coming. They don't get any easier to win these bike races, so I will savour this one."






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