WRETCHED LUCK: BMC Racing rider Richie Porte of Australia.
WRETCHED LUCK: BMC Racing rider Richie Porte of Australia. YOAN VALAT

Fifth-place finish makes Porte hungry for next year’s Tour

CYCLING: Tasmania’s Richie Porte was left to rue what might have been after finishing fifth overall in the Tour de France.

While Britain’s Chris Froome cruised to his third title, securing his status as one of the Tour’s greats, the unlucky Porte was left less than a minute shy of a spot on the podium – having lost almost two minutes in stage two due to a puncture, and more time on stage 12 after crashing into the back of a motorbike.

In the best finish by an Australian on the Tour since Cadel Evans’ victory in 2011, Porte finished five minutes and 17 seconds behind Froome, but only a minute and 12 seconds short of runner-up Romain Bardet and 56 seconds shy of third-placed Nairo Quintana.

“It’s a little bit bitter-sweet, to be honest. A bit of bad luck, so many up and downs over three weeks,” Porte said after yesterday’s 21st and final stage, which was won by Germany’s Andre Greipel.

“Fifth in the tour, it will sink in eventually.

“It’s a good result and makes me a bit hungrier for next year ... without the puncture, I would’ve been there (on the podium).”

Porte heads to the Rio Olympics to represent Australia in the time trial and road race.

He hopes to win a medal, but is also looking forward to next year’s Tour.

“First year leading the Tour (with BMC), we’ll come back next year with a dedicated team and see what we can do,” he said.

“I know I can climb with the best, I’m going to work on my time trialling again.

“People have criticised me that I can’t ride for three weeks, I think I have shown now that I can.”


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