Porte, 35, was fifth at the summit finale of Cole de la Loz, 1:01 behind stage winner Miguel ोपngel López (Astana), but he took the leap ahead of Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) over his primary GC opponents Dropped a number) and Rigoberto Oraon (EF Pro Cycling). On a brutal day in the race, Porte had to keep pace with the main contenders and then ride his own race when he came within 3 km of the final race. She had the support of her team throughout the stage, with exceptional performances from Mads Pederson and Kenny Elisonde.
“To be honest, climbs in cycling, like Zoncolan, which are absolutely brutal, but today, with the ultimate in altitude … I can barely pedal my bike, and to go 500 meters, I Couldn’t stand. “Porte said.” Everyone went super deep. It was a difficult day, but I am happy with the way it turned out. Tomorrow is another hard day; We will see how the legs back up.
“When I recombined with this stage in July [teammate] Duke Molema, we knew this was going to be the Queen stage in the tour. We made me happy before I got through and got into better shape.
“It was a fistfight, to be honest. It was every man for himself,” he continued. “Sepa Kous [Jumbo-Visma] Primoz was for Rogic, but at the end of the day, there was really nothing teammates could do to help. I am happy to finish fourth on GC. ”
Porte is still some distance away from the podium place, trailing Lopez by 1:39 overall, but Australians can expect their continuity so far in the race. Had he not lost more than a minute in cross-winds on Stage 7, he would have been even closer to Lopez’s current third place in the standings, and with another tough day in the mountains coming on stage 18th, on the trek riders Remains focused. G. C.
“Let’s see how it is tomorrow and get through Friday, then hopefully have a good time trial as well,” he said, referring to Saturday’s test, when the penaltyist stage of the tour was La Planche des Bells Fils Is at the top of the climb.