Paris-Nice: Porte attacks his way to Yellow

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After Wiggins win in 2012, Sky have a new star of Paris-Nice after Australian Riche Porte attacked his way to victory

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Richie Porte made a big step towards becoming the first Australian to win Paris-Nice with his shrewd, impressive victory at the top of Montagne de Lure at the end of stage 5.

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The Team Sky leader rewarded his team-mates for their precious work in this 176-kms ride from Chateauneuf-du-Pape but also outwitted yellow jersey holder Andrew Talansky (GRS) who was probably too bold and inexperienced and wasted time and energy attacking three times in the finale.

The brave young American showed temperament and character but now lies 32 seconds behind the new leader overall, a gap which seems difficult to bridge in the final time trial up Col d’Eze on Sunday. Dutchman Lieuwe Westra, second last year, is now third, 42 seconds adrift.

Jens ‘shut up legs’ Voigt shows the way
After only 14 kilometres, veteran Jens Voigt (RLT) shook the peloton when he surged away to lead the race on his own. The likeable German was quickly joined by Cyril Lemoine (SOJ), Paolo Longo Borghini (CAN) and Thierry Hupond (ARG). The lead of the four quickly grew to reach 4:30 (km 30) and six minutes at the top of the 2nd category Col de Murs (Km 47). Lemoine was first at the top.

Video of the final few kilometres (12 mins)

The first sprint of the day went to Longo Borghini. On the second climb of the day, Col d’Oppedette (Km 85), Hupond was first at the top as the lead of the break reached a maximum of 6:35. Hupond again collected the points in the 3rd category Cote de St Martin-les-Eaux (km 123), Col de la Mort d’Imbert (Km 134.5) and Cote des Mourres (km 152).

As Team Sky and Orica Greendge riders seized the peloton reins, the gap went down and a crash involved several riders at the back of the pack (Km 144). Shorty before the pile-up Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (SKY) called it quits.

Voigt on his own
The peloton tackled the last climb 1:25 behind the break, which split when Voigt attacked at the foot of the ascent. Team Sky’s David Lopez and Kanstantsin Siutsov seized the reins of the bunch on the climb, with Richie Porte on their wheels. Their pace was too high for the old man of the peloton, who was reeled in seven kilometres from the line after an attack by Davide Malacarne (EUC). Other in vain moves were attempted by Robert Gesink (BLA), Christophe Le Mevel (COF) and Michele Scarponi (LAM).

Porte outwits Talansky
The surprise move came from the yellow jersey Andrew Talansky, who decided that attack was probably the best for of defence for his jersey. He attacked three times within three kilometers, the last time to chase down Russia’s Denis Menchov (KAT).

But the young American probably slightly overdid it as he was countered by Richie Porte, who went away on his own in the last kilometre and a half, to clinch a brilliant solo win with a 26 seconds lead over Menchov, while Talansky had to be content with third place, 33 seconds behind the Australian. Overall, Porte now leads Talansky by 32 seconds and Dutchman Lieuwe Westra (VCD) by 42 seconds.

Afterwards Richie said “It’s nice to win a stage of Paris-Nice and to take the jersey. I know full well that tomorrow is another day and there’s also the last stage. But I feel we have a good to team to defend yellow so fingers crossed.”

“It all played into our hands in the finale, especially having López there as my wingman. He was so cool, calm and collected which was really helpful. So credit to him and the whole team today.”

“I’ve done an apprenticeship if you like under Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome and also before that Alberto Contador. “There are lots of things to learn from them. It’s different having the pressure on but thinking back to three years ago in this race I had horrible memories. So I’m happy to be here with the pressure on. I just won a stage in Paris-Nice. I’ve got my lion. I always wanted that.”

“You don’t always get the opportunity to ride for yourself in a team like this so when it comes you have to grab it with both hands. It’s just nice to get a big victory and I’ll take the rest as it comes.”

“The bad memories were probably coming back to the bus and being told by my team manager I was too heavy to be a pro rider. It wasn’t nice to hear. And the crosswinds and last year’s crash when I was in pretty good form. Maybe next year I’ll be very happy to come back. I think I’m happy to be in this team riding for Brad and Chris. I’m not quite ready to step up, maybe not this year but maybe next year”.

“We’ll see what we do at the Giro. I like the Giro, I wore the pink jersey as a neo-pro, there were nice memories for me. It would be nice for me to step up and get a bit of pressure and go for general classification in a Grand Tour.

Asked if he was surprised by Talansky’s tactics, he replied “he didn’t have any team-mate around him while I had two trains in front of me, Siutsov and Lopez. Maybe I was in a clearer state of mind. It’s weird to see the yellow jersey attack but full credit to Talansky, he was brilliant in the last couple of days. I’m not going to say anything about tactics but it worked perfectly for me that they were watching each other at the back. Chapeau boys.”

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How do you see yourself on Col d’Eze? “Well I’m not a bad TT specialist and Col d’Eze is in my backyard. There’s always tomorrow. It could be a tricky stage. We have a good team and some level-headed cool and calm guys in the team. It’s not over, is it? I’m looking forward to the TT, put it that way.

Do you feel you’re part of the new generation of cycling? “It’s s bit like the changing of the guard. There’s Tejay Van Garderen and Talansky. I’m ‘not really that young now. But now there’s Canadians winning Grand Tours, Australians and Englishmen. It’s not just a generation, it’s a whole culture change. It’s an exciting times for an Australian to come into now.”

Asked if he will you be the team leader in other races this season, Richie says “Just Paris-Nice. My season is in a pretty similar sort of frame as Chris Froome’s. I might soon be back getting bidons and just enjoying my life.”

The stage saw Tour of Britain winner Jonathan Tiernan-Locke retire. Team Sky says of this “the only sad thing today was that Jonathan had to abandon. He was suffering with a few stomach problems and he was totally empty. No one wants to stop at this point in the race but there was nothing he could do. We saw on Wednesday exactly what he is capable of.”

STAGE
1 PORTE Richie SKY PROCYCLING 04h 50′ 54”
2 MENCHOV Denis KATUSHA TEAM + 00′ 26”
3 TALANSKY Andrew GARMIN – SHARP + 00′ 33”
4 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC RACING TEAM + 00′ 33”
5 ULISSI Diego LAMPRE – MERIDA + 00′ 33”
6 WESTRA Lieuwe VACANSOLEIL-DCM + 00′ 33”
7 PERAUD Jean-Christophe AG2R LA MONDIALE + 00′ 33”
8 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander MOVISTAR TEAM + 00′ 33”
9 SPILAK Simon KATUSHA TEAM + 00′ 33”
10 SCARPONI Michele LAMPRE – MERIDA + 00′ 33”
11 HIVERT Jonathan SOJASUN + 00′ 46”
12 CHAVANEL Sylvain OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 00′ 46”
13 KLÖDEN Andréas RADIOSHACK LEOPARD + 00′ 46”
14 VELITS Peter OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 00′ 49”
15 ROCHE Nicolas TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF + 00′ 49”
16 NAVARRO Daniel COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 00′ 49”
17 LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto KATUSHA TEAM + 00′ 49”
18 GRIVKO Andriy ASTANA PRO TEAM + 01′ 02”
19 LOPEZ GARCIA David SKY PROCYCLING + 01′ 06”
20 DE CLERCQ Bart LOTTO-BELISOL + 01′ 17”
21 GASPAROTTO Enrico ASTANA PRO TEAM + 01′ 17”
22 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI + 01′ 26”
23 BOUET Maxime AG2R LA MONDIALE + 01′ 28”
24 JEANNESSON Arnold FDJ + 01′ 28”
25 BARDET Romain AG2R LA MONDIALE + 01′ 28”
26 SILIN Egor ASTANA PRO TEAM + 01′ 45”
27 VORGANOV Eduard KATUSHA TEAM + 01′ 45”
28 LE MEVEL Christophe COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 01′ 48”
29 DE MARCHI Alessandro CANNONDALE + 01′ 48”
30 MALACARNE Davide TEAM EUROPCAR + 01′ 50”
31 DENIFL Stephan IAM CYCLING + 01′ 53”
32 MONFORT Maxime RADIOSHACK LEOPARD + 01′ 53”
33 KISERLOVSKI Robert RADIOSHACK LEOPARD + 01′ 53”
34 TAARAMAE Rein COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 02′ 19”
35 FRANK Mathias BMC RACING TEAM + 02′ 36”
36 DUPONT Hubert AG2R LA MONDIALE + 02′ 36”
37 BASSO Ivan CANNONDALE + 03′ 05”
38 SORENSEN Nicki TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF + 03′ 30”
39 GESINK Robert BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM + 03′ 51”
40 KELDERMAN Wilco BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM + 03′ 51”
41 SANTAROMITA Ivan BMC RACING TEAM + 05′ 06”
42 PINEAU Jérôme OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 05′ 39”
43 TALABARDON Yannick SOJASUN + 05′ 39”
44 SIUTSOV Kanstantsin SKY PROCYCLING + 05′ 39”
45 TROFIMOV Yury KATUSHA TEAM + 05′ 39”
46 CLARKE Simon ORICA GREENEDGE + 07′ 12”
47 GILBERT Philippe BMC RACING TEAM + 07′ 12”
48 NERZ Dominik BMC RACING TEAM + 07′ 12”
49 LONGO BORGHINI Paolo CANNONDALE + 07′ 18”
50 MOINARD Amaël BMC RACING TEAM + 07′ 18”
51 MATE MARDONES Luis Angel COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 08′ 09”
52 EL FARES Julien SOJASUN + 08′ 54”
53 SUTHERLAND Rory TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF + 09′ 12”
54 VOIGT Jens RADIOSHACK LEOPARD + 09′ 12”
55 ASTARLOZA Mikel EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI + 10′ 03”
56 PETROV Evgeni TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF + 10′ 03”
57 BAK Lars Ytting LOTTO-BELISOL + 10′ 03”
58 LINDEMAN Bert Jan VACANSOLEIL-DCM + 10′ 03”
59 SIMON Julien SOJASUN + 10′ 03”
60 JEROME Vincent TEAM EUROPCAR + 10′ 03”
61 RATTO Daniele CANNONDALE + 11′ 13”
62 DE GENDT Thomas VACANSOLEIL-DCM + 11′ 28”
63 GALLOPIN Tony RADIOSHACK LEOPARD + 11′ 38”
64 HUPOND Thierry TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO + 12′ 07”
65 MUKULIS Gatis KATUSHA TEAM + 14′ 03”
66 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC RACING TEAM + 14′ 03”
67 FLORENCIO CABRE Xavier KATUSHA TEAM + 14′ 03”
68 ROJAS Jose Joaquin MOVISTAR TEAM + 14′ 36”
69 BLRKIRYIENKA Vasili SKY PROCYCLING + 14′ 36”
70 WILLEMS Frederik LOTTO-BELISOL + 14′ 36”
71 ELMIGER Martin IAM CYCLING + 14′ 46”
72 TSCHOPP Johann IAM CYCLING + 14′ 46”
73 OFFREDO Yoann FDJ + 14′ 46”
74 DE WEERT Kevin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 14′ 46”
75 KEIZER Martijn VACANSOLEIL-DCM + 14′ 46”
76 ZINGLE Romain COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 14′ 46”
77 LEMARCHAND Romain COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 14′ 46”
78 DE BACKER Bert TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO + 14′ 46”
79 MORI Manuele LAMPRE – MERIDA + 14′ 46”
80 LARSSON Gustav IAM CYCLING + 14′ 46”
81 LÖVKVIST Thomas IAM CYCLING + 14′ 46”
82 VANDENBERGH Stijn OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 14′ 46”
83 PETACCHI Alessandro LAMPRE – MERIDA + 14′ 46”
84 CATTANEO Mattia LAMPRE – MERIDA + 14′ 46”
85 DURASEK Kristijan LAMPRE – MERIDA + 14′ 46”
86 BELLEMAKERS Dirk LOTTO-BELISOL + 14′ 46”
87 DEBUSSCHERE Jens LOTTO-BELISOL + 14′ 46”
88 MINARD Sébastien AG2R LA MONDIALE + 14′ 46”
89 MAES Nikolas OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 14′ 46”
90 RAST Gregory RADIOSHACK LEOPARD + 14′ 46”
91 KRUIJSWIJK Steven BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM + 14′ 46”
92 TJALLINGII Maarten BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM + 14′ 46”
93 IGLINSKIY Maxim ASTANA PRO TEAM + 14′ 46”
94 ERVITI Imanol MOVISTAR TEAM + 14′ 46”
95 ZANDIO Xabier SKY PROCYCLING + 14′ 46”
96 MORENO Javier MOVISTAR TEAM + 14′ 46”
97 HERRADA LOPEZ Jesus MOVISTAR TEAM + 14′ 46”
98 PLAZA MOLINA Ruben MOVISTAR TEAM + 14′ 46”
99 VEUCHELEN Frederik VACANSOLEIL-DCM + 14′ 46”
100 DIDIER Laurent RADIOSHACK LEOPARD + 14′ 46”
101 VOECKLER Thomas TEAM EUROPCAR + 14′ 54”
102 LEMOINE Cyril SOJASUN + 14′ 54”
103 BRESCHEL Matti TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF + 16′ 13”
104 ALBASINI Michael ORICA GREENEDGE + 17′ 10”
105 PATE Danny SKY PROCYCLING + 18′ 15”
106 CURVERS Roy TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO + 18′ 15”
107 MATTHEWS Michael ORICA GREENEDGE + 19′ 08”
108 HAUSSLER Heinrich IAM CYCLING + 19′ 08”
109 LEUKEMANS Bjorn VACANSOLEIL-DCM + 19′ 08”
110 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI + 19′ 08”
111 KEUKELEIRE Jens ORICA GREENEDGE + 19′ 08”
112 BONNET William FDJ + 19′ 08”
113 COPPEL Jérôme COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 19′ 08”
114 KITTEL Marcel TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO + 20′ 35”
115 BANDIERA Marco IAM CYCLING + 20′ 35”
116 BOZIC Borut ASTANA PRO TEAM + 20′ 48”
117 WEGMANN Fabian GARMIN – SHARP + 20′ 48”
118 KRISTOFF Alexander KATUSHA TEAM + 20′ 48”
119 ROY Jérémy FDJ + 21′ 05”
120 BARGUIL WARREN TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO + 21′ 35”
121 FEILLU Romain VACANSOLEIL-DCM + 21′ 35”
122 PAURIOL Rémi SOJASUN + 21′ 35”
123 DA DALTO Mauro CANNONDALE + 21′ 35”
124 BEPPU Fumiyuki ORICA GREENEDGE + 21′ 35”
125 MORKOV Michael TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF + 21′ 35”
126 HUGUET Yann TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO + 21′ 35”
127 VANENDERT DENNIS LOTTO-BELISOL + 21′ 35”
128 COUSIN Jérome TEAM EUROPCAR + 21′ 35”
129 BOSWELL Ian SKY PROCYCLING + 21′ 35”
130 TURGOT Sébastien TEAM EUROPCAR + 22′ 10”
131 TANNER David BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM + 23′ 21”
132 BAUER Jack GARMIN – SHARP + 23′ 21”
133 DE GREEF Francis LOTTO-BELISOL + 23′ 21”
134 ZEITS Andrey ASTANA PRO TEAM + 25′ 53”
135 BOONEN Tom OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 25′ 53”
136 IRIZAR Markel RADIOSHACK LEOPARD + 25′ 53”
137 KING Edward CANNONDALE + 25′ 53”
138 COOKE Baden ORICA GREENEDGE + 25′ 53”
139 VERDUGO Gorka EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI + 25′ 53”
140 VIVIANI Elia CANNONDALE + 25′ 53”
141 LUND Anders TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF + 25′ 53”
142 VUILLERMOZ Alexis SOJASUN + 25′ 53”
143 NIEVE ITURRALDE Mikel EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI + 25′ 53”
144 PEREZ MORENO Ruben EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI + 25′ 53”
145 HUTAROVICH Yauheni AG2R LA MONDIALE + 25′ 53”
146 CHRISTENSEN Mads TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF + 25′ 53”
147 RENSHAW Mark BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM + 25′ 53”
148 BONNAFOND Guillaume AG2R LA MONDIALE + 25′ 53”
149 SOUPE GEOFFREY FDJ + 25′ 53”
150 PALINI Andrea Francesco LAMPRE – MERIDA + 25′ 53”
151 DUMOULIN Samuel AG2R LA MONDIALE + 25′ 53”
152 SISKEVICIUS Evaldas SOJASUN + 25′ 53”
153 VEELERS Tom TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO + 25′ 53”
154 SICARD Romain EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI + 25′ 53”
155 OSS Daniel BMC RACING TEAM + 25′ 53”
156 HOWARD Leigh ORICA GREENEDGE + 25′ 53”
157 GAUDIN Damien TEAM EUROPCAR + 25′ 53”
158 STAMSNIJDER Tom TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO + 25′ 53”
159 FLENS Rick BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM + 25′ 53”
160 HAEDO Lucas Sebastian CANNONDALE + 25′ 53”
161 VAN SUMMEREN Johan GARMIN – SHARP + 28′ 03”
162 HOWES Alex GARMIN – SHARP + 28′ 42”
163 BOECKMANS Kris VACANSOLEIL-DCM + 28′ 45”
164 MILLAR David GARMIN – SHARP + 31′ 57”
165 KLIER Andreas GARMIN – SHARP + 31’ 57”

Overall
1 PORTE Richie SKY PROCYCLING 24h 26′ 08”
2 TALANSKY Andrew GARMIN – SHARP + 00′ 32”
3 WESTRA Lieuwe VACANSOLEIL-DCM + 00′ 42”
4 PERAUD Jean-Christophe AG2R LA MONDIALE + 00′ 49”
5 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC RACING TEAM + 00′ 52”
6 CHAVANEL Sylvain OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 00′ 53”
7 SPILAK Simon KATUSHA TEAM + 00′ 53”
8 ULISSI Diego LAMPRE – MERIDA + 00′ 54”
9 SCARPONI Michele LAMPRE – MERIDA + 00′ 54”
10 VELITS Peter OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 00′ 56”
11 KLÖDEN Andréas RADIOSHACK LEOPARD + 01′ 06”
12 GRIVKO Andriy ASTANA PRO TEAM + 01′ 08”
13 LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto KATUSHA TEAM + 01′ 08”
14 ROCHE Nicolas TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF + 01′ 09”
15 NAVARRO Daniel COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 01′ 18”
16 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI + 01′ 34”
17 DE CLERCQ Bart LOTTO-BELISOL + 01′ 35”
18 GASPAROTTO Enrico ASTANA PRO TEAM + 01′ 35”
19 MENCHOV Denis KATUSHA TEAM + 01′ 41”
20 JEANNESSON Arnold FDJ + 01′ 49”
21 KISERLOVSKI Robert RADIOSHACK LEOPARD + 02′ 12”
22 MALACARNE Davide TEAM EUROPCAR + 02′ 51”
23 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander MOVISTAR TEAM + 02′ 53”
24 HIVERT Jonathan SOJASUN + 03′ 01”
25 LOPEZ GARCIA David SKY PROCYCLING + 03′ 18”

 

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