Porte secures Dauphine victory

06 Jun 2021

Porte secures Dauphine victory

Criterium du Dauphine - Stage 8 » La Léchère-Les-Bains › Les Gets, 147km

Richie Porte put in an assured performance on the final stage to put the finishing touches to a long-awaited Criterium du Dauphine victory.
 
The Tasmanian enjoyed great support from his teammates on the final day to secure victory by 17 seconds after eight hard-fought days of racing.
 
A special result for Porte after near misses in the past, victory represented the seventh success in the famous race for the team, with Geraint Thomas making it an extra strong result with third overall.
 
The path to the podium was less straightforward for the Welshman on the final day, after being forced to battle back following a crash descending off the Col de Joux-Plane. Thomas put in a gritty ride to return to the reduced GC group, helping to set the pace into the final kilometres to help his teammate.
 
Andrey Amador and Dylan van Baarle got through a lot of work to help control a dangerous early breakaway, with Carlos Rodriguez and Michal Kwiatkowski lending support as a day of climbing continued. Tao Geoghegan Hart took it up on the Joux-Plane as the team fended off attacks from both Steven Kruijswijk and Jack Haig on route to the finish.
 
A consistent performance across the week was also rewarded with the team GC prize. An addition to his strong work in a support role, the final day also saw Geoghegan Hart elevate himself into 10th overall.
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Reaction

- Richie Porte

“I’ve been second here twice and then I also lost second place one year in the last kilometre as well. To finally win it I’m just over the moon. For all the sacrifices and the time away from my wife and two kids, this makes it worth it. This team INEOS Grenadiers were just absolutely brilliant today.
 
“I know the descent of the Joux-Plane well. We’ve done it many, many times. I decided to do my own pace, then when I saw G crash obviously it wasn’t ideal for the last six kilometres. But he came back, he’s got some pretty bad road rash but he’ll be tip top for the Tour.
 
“I’m under no illusions as to what my job is at the Tour. To win this race just means so so much to me. It’s a race I’ve always enjoyed, and to finally win it at 36 years old is a sweet moment.”
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Overall standings:
 

1. Richie Porte (INEOS Grenadiers) 29:37:05
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''
10. Tao Geoghegan Hart (INEOS Grenadiers) +1:57"