Paris-Nice: Nice Guys do come first as Richie Porte wins in France


Richie Porte became the first Australian to win Paris-Nice when he sealed victory in the final time trial on Col d’Eze on Sunday with a dominant display of climbing and time trialing

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The 28-year-old Tasmanian clocked 19:16 to emulate his Team Sky leader Bradley Wiggins, who achieved the same double last year. It was an even more emotional day for Porte as he usually serves as a luxury domestique for his leaders but above all because it was earned on his training roads as he lives in Monaco.


At the top, the Montagne de Lure stage winner narrowly missed beating Wiggins’s record by four seconds but crushed the rest of the field. Andrew Talansky (GRS) was second in the stage, 23 seconds adrift, and runner-up overall, 55 seconds behind, keeping a white jersey he promised to convert to a shinier colour next year. France’s Jean-Christphe Peraud (ALM) completed the podium 1:21 off the pace.

The other honours in this edition went to Sylvain Chavanel, who topped a great week and a stage win with the green jersey while Johann Tschopp kept the best climber’s polka-dot garment.

Dutchman Rick Flens (BLA), the first man out, set a reference time of 22:35. But he was quickly toppled from top spot by France’s Jeremy Roy (FDJ), the first rider under 21 minutes in 20:59. The Frenchman’s mark was improved by Italy’s Mattia Cattaneo (LAM) in 20:51. While Jerome Coppel (COF) avenged a disappointing Paris-Nice to date with a fine 20:33, former Giro winner Michele Scarponi (LAM) seized the lead on 20:19.

Quintana impresses
But the first rider under 20 minutes was Colombia’s Nairo Quintana (MOV), who confirmed his climbing abilities at 29.2 kph. Former junior world champion Diego Ulissi (LAM) in 20:16 and Slovenia’s Simon Spilak (KAT), 4th last year, in 20:11, were unable to improve the former Tour de l’Avenir winner’s time.

Even American Tejay Van Garderen (BMC), seen by many as the pre-race favorite, failed against the 20 minutes mark and Quintana’s time was enough to earn him a podium placing. When the top five riders in the GC started, the big battle did as well. Jean-Christophe Peraud (ALM) avenged a silly crash in the first turn by clocking what would be the 4th fastest time in 19:48, enough for him to feature on the podium of this edition. White jersey holder Andrew
Talansky also impressed by bettering Quintan’s times with every kilometer.

But there was no denying Richie Porte a victory he amply deserved. The Australian led from the gun and crossed the line in19:16, only four seconds slower than Bradley Wiggins’s record climb a year ago. Team Sky and Australia now have a new champion to celebrate.

Afterwards Richie Porte explained “I just never thought or believed that I could win Paris-Nice. For me personally I’ve never had a nice experience at this race so it’s a massive monkey off the back to come here and win it. I woke up this morning and I knew that I had good legs.”

“After the armchair ride that I got from the team yesterday – as well as on stage five and for the entire week – I knew I’d be in good shape. The guys were just incredible this race. I don’t eel like I’m ready to lead at a Grand Tour yet. My goal is to go to the Tour and support Chris and Brad. Do that and maybe next year I could potentially lead Team Sky at the Giro.”

“To win it is incredible. It will take time to sink in. I don’t really understand why I was so stressed for the last couple of days because I know this climb like the back of my hand. I’ve done it many times in training but it’s always a bit of pressure to perform when it counts. It’s great for me and for the other seven guys to come and win this Paris-Nice. The history of this race is just incredible and to have my name alongside some of the biggest names in the history of cycling is just incredible for a young man from Tasmania. A week like this doesn’t happen often.”

“Very yellow I hope. If it’s not me, I’m happy to support my good friends Brad and Chris. I’ve shown that in a couple of years I can go for Grand Tour. I’ve not been riding for that long and I’m learning with every race. Team Sky is the best team to do your apprenticeship. I don’t know about July, maybe May next year I’ll try and get the pink jersey. I love the Giro. The Tour is the biggest race but Paris-Nice is not such a bad one to win and win two stages.”

On getting within four seconds of Bradley Wiggins record for the time trial, Richie explained “It’s not what I expected. Brad’s a big champion. It would have been nice to beat him by a second. Maybe next year.”

Sylvain Chavanel, fifth overall, Green jersey winner and a surprise stage winner on Promenade des Anglais, the Quickstep rider can be satisfied with his Paris-Nice. Now the Frenchman sets his sights on the classics. “I finished well, I improved my time last year. I’m on time. I think I finished three or four seconds behind the 4th place, it was a very close call. It was a good Paris-Nice for me. I usually do well on this race. It’s the first big event for most teams. I fared well in most stages which helped me win this green jersey. A first goal is achieved.”

“The green jersey is important when you have it on your back, you want to retain it but the most important thing was the way I managed to win yesterday. I hope to improve my condition and feature well on my next objectives, the big upcoming classics.”

Andrew Talansky (Garmin) finished second behind Richie Porte (SKY) and though he admitted the Australian was the best rider in this Paris-Nice, he promised to return to win one day. “I like it when the best rider wins the race and Richie was the best rider so he deserves to win. I’m happy. I’ll come back and win this race in the future.” Asked about his attacking ride where he lost the jersey, he replied “It doesn’t matter. You saw today that Richie was stronger. So there’s nothing I could have done. This Paris-Nice is a big success. Second in the stage, second overall. Perfect. Next year, one day, I’ll win.”

“It’s a big step up in my career. I was second last year in Romandie and it was a hard race with Bradley in it but this is much harder than Romandie, one more step up than Romandie. It’s the most difficult one-week race, the most prestigious one-week race race in the year with Dauphine. This race is a one-week Tour de France.”

Time Trial – Nice › Col d’Eze (9.6k/6.0m)
1 PORTE Richie Sky Procycling 19:16
2 TALANSKY Andrew Garmin – Sharp 29.313
3 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander Movistar Team 29.214
4 PERAUD Jean-christophe AG2R La Mondiale 29.091
5 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC Racing Team 28.609
6 SPILAK Simon Katusha Team 28.538
7 ULISSI Diego Lampre – Merida 28.421
8 SCARPONI Michele Lampre – Merida 28.351
9 CHAVANEL Sylvain Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 28.305
10 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Jon Euskaltel – Euskadi 28.282

11 KLODEN Andr̩as RadioShack РLeopard 28.052
19 MENCHOV Denis Katusha Team 27.692
20 WESTRA Lieuwe Vacansoleil – DCM 27.626
51 ROCHE Nicolas Team Saxo-Tinkoff same time
55 BASSO Ivan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team same time
57 CLARKE Simon Orica GreenEDGE same time
61 VOIGT Jens RadioShack – Leopard same time
72 VOECKLER Thomas Europcar 26.241
98 GILBERT Philippe BMC Racing Team 25.657
108 BAUER Jack Garmin – Sharp 25.337
138 MILLAR David Garmin – Sharp 24.151
146 BOONEN Tom Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 23.351

1 PORTE Richie Sky Procycling 29:59:47
2 TALANSKY Andrew Garmin – Sharp 00:55
3 PERAUD Jean-christophe AG2R La Mondiale 01:21
4 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC Racing Team 01:44
5 CHAVANEL Sylvain Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 01:47
6 SPILAK Simon Katusha Team 01:48
7 ULISSI Diego Lampre – Merida 01:54
8 WESTRA Lieuwe Vacansoleil – DCM 02:17
9 KL̦DEN Andr̩as RadioShack РLeopard 02:22
10 VELITS Peter Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 02:28
11 LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto Katusha Team 02:38
12 NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 03:04
13 JEANNESSON Arnold Equipe Cycliste FDJ 03:06
14 MENCHOV Denis Katusha Team 03:13
15 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander Movistar Team 03:20
16 ROCHE Nicolas Team Saxo-Tinkoff 03:23
17 DE CLERCQ Bart Lotto Belisol Team 03:28
18 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka Euskaltel – Euskadi 03:29
19 GRIVKO Andriy Astana Pro Team 03:37
20 KISERLOVSKI Robert RadioShack – Leopard 03:55
21 LOPEZ GARCIA David Sky Procycling 04:36
22 HIVERT Jonathan Sojasun ,,
23 MALACARNE Davide Europcar 04:42
24 BOUET Maxime AG2R La Mondiale 05:17
25 MONFORT Maxime RadioShack – Leopard 05:32
26 VORGANOV Eduard Katusha Team 06:02
27 BARDET Romain AG2R La Mondiale 07:08
28 SøRENSEN Nicki Team Saxo-Tinkoff 07:31
29 DENIFL Stefan IAM Cycling 08:34
30 SCARPONI Michele Lampre – Merida 10:37
31 SANTAROMITA Ivan BMC Racing Team 11:01
32 LE MEVEL Christophe Cofidis Solutions Crédits 11:07
33 FRANK Mathias BMC Racing Team 11:49
34 GASPAROTTO Enrico Astana Pro Team 12:25
35 GILBERT Philippe BMC Racing Team 12:31
36 PINEAU J̩rome Omega Pharma РQuick-Step 13:33
37 MOINARD Amaël BMC Racing Team 13:53
38 NERZ Dominik BMC Racing Team 14:28
39 SILIN Egor Astana Pro Team 14:37
40 DUPONT Hubert AG2R La Mondiale 15:11
41 GALLOPIN Tony RadioShack – Leopard 16:43
42 MATE MARDONES Luis Angel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 17:24
43 IGLINSKIY Maxim Astana Pro Team 17:42
44 LöFKVIST Thomas IAM Cycling 17:48
45 FLORENCIO Xavier Katusha Team 18:16
46 DE WEERT Kevin Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 19:01
47 RATTO Daniele Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 19:08
48 BASSO Ivan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 19:22
49 ASTARLOZA Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi 19:31
50 VOECKLER Thomas Europcar 21:04
51 PETROV Evgeni Team Saxo-Tinkoff 21:51
52 ALBASINI Michael Orica GreenEDGE 22:07
53 DE MARCHI Alessandro Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 22:21
54 TROFIMOV Yuri Katusha Team 23:27
55 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Jon Euskaltel – Euskadi 23:36
56 HAUSSLER Heinrich IAM Cycling 25:14:00
57 ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin Movistar Team 26:15:00
58 CLARKE Simon Orica GreenEDGE 26:47:00
59 TAARAMäE Rein Cofidis Solutions Crédits 27:58:00
60 SIUTSOU Kanstantsin Sky Procycling 28:15:00
61 SIMON Julien Sojasun 28:16:00
62 LONGHO BORGHINI Paolo Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 28:35:00
63 PLAZA MOLINA Ruben Movistar Team 28:40:00
64 RAST Gregory RadioShack – Leopard 30:00:00
65 COPPEL Jérome Cofidis Solutions Crédits 30:24:00
66 ELMIGER Martin IAM Cycling 32:15:00
67 BAK Lars Ytting Lotto Belisol Team 33:04:00
68 TSCHOPP Johann IAM Cycling 33:06:00
69 EL FARES Julien Sojasun ,,
70 HUPOND Thierry Team Argos – Shimano 33:09:00
71 LINDEMAN Bert-Jan Vacansoleil – DCM 33:27:00
72 BARGUIL Warren Team Argos – Shimano 34:01:00
73 BOZIC Borut Astana Pro Team 34:55:00
74 KIRYIENKA Vasil Sky Procycling 35:30:00
75 PAURIOL Rémi Sojasun 36:13:00
76 KRUIJSWIJK Steven Blanco Pro Cycling Team 36:19:00
77 MORENO BAZAN Javier Movistar Team 36:37:00
78 DUMOULIN Samuel AG2R La Mondiale 37:33:00
79 VANDENBERGH Stijn Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 37:52:00
80 DURASEK Kristijan Lampre – Merida 38:01:00
81 JEROME Vincent Europcar 38:11:00
82 LARSSON Gustav Erik IAM Cycling 38:51:00
83 OSS Daniel BMC Racing Team 40:27:00
84 CATTANEO Mattia Lampre – Merida 40:54:00
85 NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi 41:11:00
86 TALABARDON Yannick Sojasun 41:26:00
87 VOIGT Jens RadioShack – Leopard 41:42:00
88 MORI Manuele Lampre – Merida 42:15:00
89 SUTHERLAND Rory Team Saxo-Tinkoff 44:37:00
90 SMUKULIS Gatis Katusha Team 45:18:00
91 MATTHEWS Michael Orica GreenEDGE 46:17:00
92 WILLEMS Frederik Lotto Belisol Team 46:41:00
93 KEUKELEIRE Jens Orica GreenEDGE 46:57:00
94 PEREZ MORENO Ruben Euskaltel – Euskadi 47:41:00
95 HERRADA LOPEZ Jesús Movistar Team 48:04:00
96 PETACCHI Alessandro Lampre – Merida 50:54:00
97 VEUCHELEN Frederik Vacansoleil – DCM 50:58:00
98 MINARD Sébastien AG2R La Mondiale 51:17:00
99 BELLEMAKERS Dirk Lotto Belisol Team 53:46:00
100 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team 53:47:00
101 LUND Anders Team Saxo-Tinkoff 55:39:00
102 LEMOINE Cyril Sojasun 55:50:00
103 IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel RadioShack – Leopard 56:35:00
104 ERVITI OLLO Imanol Movistar Team 57:20:00
105 DE BACKER Bert Team Argos – Shimano 57:34:00
106 DEBUSSCHERE Jens Lotto Belisol Team ,,
107 DIDIER Laurent RadioShack – Leopard 57:35:00
108 TURGOT Sébastien Europcar 57:59:00
109 LEUKEMANS Bjorn Vacansoleil – DCM 58:23:00
110 MAES Nikolas Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 58:43:00
111 VANENDERT Dennis Lotto Belisol Team 58:51:00
112 BEPPU Fumiyuki Orica GreenEDGE 58:52:00
113 PATE Danny Sky Procycling 01:00:02
114 WEGMANN Fabian Garmin – Sharp 01:00:31
115 BANDIERA Marco IAM Cycling 01:00:55
116 TJALLINGII Maarten Blanco Pro Cycling Team 01:01:38
117 BRESCHEL Matti Team Saxo-Tinkoff 01:01:49
118 CHRISTENSEN Mads Team Saxo-Tinkoff 01:02:06
119 CURVERS Roy Team Argos – Shimano 01:02:26
120 LEMARCHAND Romain Cofidis Solutions Crédits 01:02:42
121 KEIZER Martijn Vacansoleil – DCM 01:03:27
122 BONNAFOND Guillaume AG2R La Mondiale 01:03:40
123 ZINGLE Romain Cofidis Solutions Crédits 01:05:11
124 HOWARD Leigh Orica GreenEDGE 01:05:15
125 COOKE Baden Orica GreenEDGE 01:05:16
126 SOUPE Geoffrey Equipe Cycliste FDJ 01:05:28
127 VIVIANI Elia Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 01:06:10
128 KRISTOFF Alexander Katusha Team 01:06:18
129 MøRKøV Michael Team Saxo-Tinkoff 01:08:38
130 HAEDO Lucas Sebastian Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 01:08:47
131 BONNET William Equipe Cycliste FDJ 01:09:13
132 ROY Jérémy Equipe Cycliste FDJ 01:09:40
133 SICARD Romain Euskaltel – Euskadi 01:09:44
134 FEILLU Romain Vacansoleil – DCM 01:10:03
135 COUSIN Jérôme Europcar 01:10:37
136 DA DALTO Mauro Cannondale Pro Cycling Team ,,
137 TANNER David Blanco Pro Cycling Team 01:10:58
138 KITTEL Marcel Team Argos – Shimano 01:11:17
139 BAUER Jack Garmin – Sharp 01:12:32
140 GAUDIN Damien Europcar 01:13:00
141 SISKEVICIUS Evaldas Sojasun 01:13:26
142 VEELERS Tom Team Argos – Shimano 01:15:21
143 KING Edward Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 01:15:27
144 HUTAROVICH Yauheni AG2R La Mondiale 01:16:26
145 STAMSNIJDER Tom Team Argos – Shimano 01:16:43
146 BOONEN Tom Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 01:18:30
147 VANSUMMEREN Johan Garmin – Sharp 01:19:06
148 HOWES Alex Garmin – Sharp 01:19:34
149 HUGUET Yann Team Argos – Shimano 01:20:18
150 FLENS Rick Blanco Pro Cycling Team 01:23:28
151 MILLAR David Garmin – Sharp 01:23:50


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