Paris Nice Prologue: Solid Hit Out for Porte6. March 2016, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (FRA) — Road Team
Richie Porte put in a solid ride at the Paris Nice prologue to cross the line in 7’49 to sit in 11th place, 10 seconds behind winner Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEDGE).
Although only 6.1km in length and relatively flat, the Individual Time Trial course included a sharp left turn after the first passage along the Seine with a steep kick, forcing the riders to dig deep and get out of the saddle.
Porte is happy to have the prologue out of the way.
“I didn’t lose too much time on the other favorites. This kind of prologue is not really my style of racing but I’m just happy to get Paris-Nice started again this year,” Porte said immediately after the ITT.
“I think I’m in quite good shape. At Tour Down Under I was quite good and I know I’m better at the moment than I was then so we just have to see. It’s a long season this year and I have different goals. Of course I’d like to win Paris-Nice again this year but it’s going to be a little bit harder.”
Stage 1 is 198km from Condé-Sur-Vesge to Vendôme, finishing with two laps of a circuit through Vendôme.
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