Porte rides to Ro­mandie win

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LAU­SANNE: Aus­tralian Richie Porte snatched over­all vic­tory in the Tour of Ro­mandie from overnight leader Si­mon Yates on Sun­day af­ter out-per­form­ing the Bri­ton in the fi­nal time-trial stage.

Porte, who rides for BMC, took sec­ond place on Sun­day’s 17.8km course around Lau­sanne, be­hind Slove­nian Pri­moz Roglic, to pip Orica’s Yates to the ti­tle by 21 sec­onds.

“It’s a mas­sive shock to be hon­est,” Porte, a for­mer Aus­tralian time trial cham­pion, told cy­clingnews.com. “I didn’t think I’d be able to claw that much back.”

Bri­tain’s Tour de France cham­pion Chris Froome of Team Sky, who dropped out of con­tention for a top place on Sat­ur­day, fin­ished the time trial in ninth to end up 18th over­all.

Italy’s Fabio Felline, of Trek-Segafredo, who won the open­ing pro­logue, held on to fourth place over­all, be­hind Roglic.

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