Top 10 for Porte in tough TT test

30 Jun 2021

Top 10 for Porte in tough TT test

Tour de France stage 5 (ITT): Changé › Laval Espace Mayenne, 27.2km.

Richie Porte put in a strong time trial performance to finish ninth on stage five on a mixed day for the INEOS Grenadiers. 

Porte was the fastest Grenadier and was provisional third when he finished, before dropping down to ninth at the end of the TT as Tadej Pogacar won the stage to move up to second overall.

Richard Carapaz and Geraint Thomas both lost time to Pogacar on the stage, as Carapaz now sits ninth overall (+1:44) with Thomas 12th (+1:54).


Richie Porte

"It was a good performance. It was nice to get a dry run at it, it’s cleared up a bit. Sitting there watching on the bus the weather wasn’t the nicest, especially for the poor guys who went out in the rain. For me the weather was fine, I changed the wheel before the start as the wind picked up after the recon.  

“I’m not in the spot that I’d like to be because of the crash on stage one that I got caught up behind, but it is what it is. I’m not sure the other teams are going to give me any breathing space anyhow, but it’s a good tactical card to have. At the end of the day, I’m here for Carapaz or G if needs be, I know what my job here is at this race.” 

Geraint Thomas

“I think I rode the best TT I could, I went out a little too conservative - it’s what I had really. Obviously, I didn’t feel 100% but I don’t wart to bang on about that, I tried to do what I could and it wasn’t enough really. 

“The Dauphine time trial was definitely in my mind and I knew on this course there was no real room to recover if you went out too hard as there weren’t too many downhill, so I tried to ride a bit more flatline. I think it was decent enough pacing, but not enough power. 

“I woke up this morning and felt terrible, but once I got going and loosened up it was better. It’s just one of those things that you have to crack on and deal with - just keep fighting I guess.”

Overall standings 

1. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) 16:51:41
2. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) +8"
3. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) + 30”
4. Julian Alaphilipe (Deceuninck - Quick Step) + 48”’
5. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana - Premier Tech) +1:21
9. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +1:44
12. Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers) +1:54