Porte Finishes Tenth in Paris-Nice Time Trial8. March 2017, Mont Brouilly (FRA) — Road Team
The only time trial of Paris-Nice saw the peloton race against the clock on the 14.5km route with a summit finish to Mont Brouilly, where Richie Porte crossed the line in tenth place.
Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb) set the early best time of 22’50 on the course, which featured 11.5km of rolling terrain followed by the 3km Mont Brouilly climb, which was then bettered by David de la Cruz (Quickstep-Floors) who clocked 22’26”.
Julian Alaphillipe (Quickstep-Floors) proved the fastest of the day with a time of 21’39”, which was enough to take the leader’s yellow jersey with four stages remaining.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was a good last climb. It was so slippery there in the last 3km, so it was hard to get any traction, but I’m quite happy with that. That’s the first time trial I’ve done since the Tour de France last year. I’ve got a new bike and I feel really happy on it so it’s good.”
“I know where my form is. Obviously I’m out of GC now so I’d like to win a stage somewhere. But we’ll take it day by day.”
Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director:
“We knew the final part of the time trial was good for Richie. He lost a bit of time in the beginning though, but we can definitely be happy with his final climb. It shows his legs are good and that’s a good sign for the mountain stages to come. We didn’t win today but there are many more opportunities to come.”
“Stage 5 is a good stage for a big breakaway, so we will try and have someone in the front. But Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the days where Richie can really show his form and we look forward to seeing what he and the team can do.”
Stage 4: Beaujeu > Mont Brouilly (14.5km)
Top 3: 1. Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep-Floors), 2. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), 3. Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 10. Richie Porte, 52. Dylan Teuns, 55. Nicolas Roche.
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