Porte Misses Out on Critérium du Dauphiné Podium12. June 2016, Superdevoluy (FRA) — Road Team
The final stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné saw a shake up of the General Classification, with Richie Porte finishing fourth overall.
Porte started the day sitting in second place and raced well all day, before he almost crashed into the barriers in the final 500 meters and was forced to re-start his sprint to the line.
Porte crossed the line in ninth place but bonus seconds and a time gap saw Romain Bardet (AG2R) and Daniel Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) jump above Porte in the final classification.
The Critérium du Dauphiné wraps up Porte’s pre-Tour de France racing campaign.
Quotes of the Day
“I found myself almost in the barriers and had to stop and that’s when the group went and that’s when my podium was lost. It’s just one of those things. I was there all week and today I had a much better day, so it’s just a shame to finish on such a bad note. But I think it will keep me hungry for July.”
“I thought I may have still finished third. To almost crash in the last 500 meters of the whole race is a disappointing way to end a fantastic week. It’s just a racing incident. Everyone’s on the limit and it’s just one of those things that happen.”
“Yesterday I had a bit of a bad day but I didn’t lose that much. Today I felt great. It was a hard stage, and a hard race in general, but I bounced back really well. I’m quite happy with the form and the way things are lining up for July.”
Valerio Piva, Sports Director:
“We had second place on GC heading into today and we lost it in the last sprint. From this mistake we missed out on the podium which is really unfortunate. It’s a big disappointment for both Richie and the team. His performance here was very good. He was again at the top level today, he was there all day, jumping in the movement with Froome, Contador and Bardet. Then everything camp back and we had 20 riders or so on the final climb. We are disappointed but we are also really happy to be here with a strong leader and a team that worked really well together.”
“Richie’s condition is good. He didn’t have the best day yesterday but recovered well to come back good today, which is a great sign for the Tour de France. He deserved to be on the podium so it’s a shame that it didn’t happen that way.”
Critérium du Dauphiné (2.UWT)
Stage 7 Le Pont to Superdevoluy (151km)
Top 3 Stage: Steven Cummings (Dimension Data), Daniel Martin (Etixx-Quick Step), Romain Bardet (AG2R)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 9. Richie Porte, 25. Damiano Caruso, 36. Ben Hermans
BMC Racing Team Flickr Gallery
See photos from the race.