Attacking Porte takes Dauphine lead

05 Jun 2021

Attacking Porte takes Dauphine lead

Critérium du Dauphiné stage seven: Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux › La Plagne, 171.1km

A tenacious attacking performance from Richie Porte saw him take the overall lead on the penultimate stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. 

Porte accelerated on the summit finish to La Plagne, first going clear with a small group, before whittling his rivals away and pushing clear in the final kilometre to finish second on the stage and earn the leader's yellow jersey. 

Behind, Geraint Thomas was able to maintain a good position before attacking once Porte was across the line to move third overall on a successful Alpine afternoon for the Grenadiers. 

At the bottom of the final climb, the early break had been reeled in by a Grenadiers team looking to up the pace to thin the bunch. They met some competition with Movistar also pace-setting, but it was Porte's move that proved decisive. 

He attacked with just under nine kilometres remaining and was joined by a trio of riders, including Mark Padun (Bahrain Victorious) who would go on to win the stage, Enric Mas and Sepp Kuss.

While Padun and Kuss were not an immediate GC threat, they went up the road as Porte and Mas stayed infront of the GC group. This led to a number of riders bridging to Porte's group, with Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart poised to respond behind. 

But Porte was able to hold off the others, before riding them off his wheel to finish second and enter the final stage as overall leader. 


Richie Porte

"When Movistar set that pace then they didn’t really have many guys left, Geraint said ‘off you go’, that was the plan this morning, that I attack, so we had the numbers and Tao was with with G. It’s great to have numbers, great to be back in this team and I’m enjoying riding my bike.

"The Joux Plane is a climb to have nightmares about, it’s one of the most solid climbs in world cycling. Whatever happens tomorrow we’ll give it our all and I’m motivated to try and bring this jersey home. 

"I’ve been here before on the penultimate stage and having the yellow jersey, but I’m under no illusions, it’s not going to be easy tomorrow. I’m over the moon to be in the yellow jersey, but the Dauphine is always won on the last day. It's going to be a big battle tomorrow and I'd love to finish it off."
Stage seven result

1. Mark Padun (Bahrain Victorious)
2. Richie Porte (INEOS Grenadiers) +34''
3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Movoistar) +43''
4. Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious) +43''
5. Ben O'Connor (AG2r Citroën) +47''
9. Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers) +29''

Overall standings

1. Richie Porte (INEOS Grenadiers)
2. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana-Premier Tech) +17''
3. Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers) +29''
4. Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe) +33''
5. Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious) +34''