Dauphine - Richie Porte: I’m under no illusions as to what my job is at the Tour
Jun 07 2021 09:00 am CET

Dauphine - Richie Porte: I’m under no illusions as to what my job is at the Tour
Dauphine - Richie Porte: I’m under no illusions as to what my job is at the Tour
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Ineos Grenadiers' Richie Porte has become the oldest rider to win the Criterium du Dauphine after confirming his victory on the last stage.

The last day of competition in the French race wasn't a walk in the park for the 36-year Australian. While other teams were trying to isolate him to take him off the leader's position, he almost lost a big support when Geraint Thomas crashed on the last descent.

But the Welshman returned to the pack on time to aid him on the last climb of the day, and Porte was able to control the attacks of the rivals and cross the finish line with his main threats, confirming like this his first victory in the race, which felt like a revenge after he was close to do so in other editions.

"I've been second here twice, and then I also lost second place one year in the last kilometre as well," said the Australian. "To finally win it I’m just over the moon. For all the sacrifices and the time away from my wife and two kids, this makes it worth it. This team Ineos Grenadiers were just absolutely brilliant today.

"I know the descent of the Joux-Plane well. We’ve done it many, many times. I decided to do my own pace, then when I saw G crash, obviously it wasn’t ideal for the last six kilometres. But he came back, he’s got some pretty bad road rash, but he’ll be tip-top for the Tour. I’m under no illusions as to what my job is at the Tour. To win this race just means so so much to me. It’s a race I’ve always enjoyed, and to finally win it at 36 years old is a sweet moment."






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