Porte Jumps to Third Overall After Tour de Romandie Stage 3 Time Trial27. April 2018, Villars (SUI) — Road Team
Richie Porte jumped up the General Classification at the Tour de Romandie today after an impressive performance on the uphill time trial saw him finish third on the stage and move into third overall.
The course saw the riders tackle a 9.9km climb from Ollon to Villars which had an average gradient of 7.9% and pitches of up to 10% in places.
Porte, who started the day tenth overall, was one of the final riders to roll off the ramp and he made his intentions clear early, posting the provisional fastest time at the intermediate checkpoint, knocking 26 seconds off the time set by Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNL-Jumbo).
The defending champion continued to show his strength over the second half of the course before powering across the line in an impressive time of 25'28"27, 30 seconds quicker than the previous benchmark set by Kruijswijk.
In the end, only Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and race leader, Primož Roglič (Team LottoNL-Jumbo), who stopped the clock at 25'10"69 and 25'14"35 respectively, could better Porte's time and push him into third place on the stage.
Porte now heads into tomorrow's queen stage sitting third on the General Classification, 27 seconds behind Roglič, who narrowly held onto his race lead in Villars.
Rohan Dennis also put in a strong performance on stage 3 to finish seventh in a time of 26’36”12. The Australian national time trial champion now sits sixth overall, 1'22" back.
Quotes From the Finish Line:
"I felt good until about 2km to go and then I exploded but I was happy to finish it off like I did. It was a good ride and I think all of us are extra motivated by the passing of Andy Rihs last week so, it's nice to come to his backyard and have a good ride."
"Overall, I'm happy. It was a strong ride but normally I don't think I would have blown up as badly as I did in the final couple of kilometers. However, the team has been great behind me especially my coach, David Bailey, so we're motivated to try and finish this race off well."
Sports Director, Fabio Baldato:
"I actually thought that the stage win was in the pocket for Richie today especially when he set the fastest time at the intermediate checkpoint. At the end, he told us that he was really on the limit in the final two kilometers so maybe that's where he lost some time to the other two guys. However, we are happy with his performance and it is good to see that the Richie we know is back. We know there is still some work to do ahead of July but this is a really good sign and will give him a lot of motivation for his next goals."
"It will be hard to do something tomorrow I think but we will try. Tomorrow is a really tough stage and Team Sky have a strong team here and we saw today that LottoNL-Jumbo have a good group with Steven Kruijswijk finishing fourth. Anything can happen though and from the top of the last climb, it is a long downhill. The race is open and we know that the riders further back will try to make the race hard too. We will need to be attentive."
"It is also good to have Rohan Dennis up there. It shows that he is ready for the Giro d'Italia. It was a hard TT and to be in the top ten here is a good sign for him and also for us."
Tour de Romandie
Stage 3 / ITT: Ollon > Villars, 9.9km
Top 3: 1. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) 2. Primož Roglič (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) 3. Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 3. Richie Porte 7. Rohan Dennis 18. Tejay van Garderen
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