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Ineos’ Australian cyclist Richie Porte fends off Alexey Lutsenko to win Criterium du Dauphine-Sports News , Happy Easterday

Ineos’ Australian bike owner Richie Porte fends off Alexey Lutsenko to win Criterium du Dauphine-Sports activities Information , Blissful Easterday

Latest Ineos recruit Porte, third in final yr’s Tour de France, went into the eighth and remaining stage within the total lead and saved the benefit within the French Alps.

Richie Porte in motion through the Criterium du Dauphine. AFP

Australian Richie Porte received the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday as Mark Padun of Bahrain Victorious picked up his second stage win.

Latest Ineos recruit Porte, third in final yr’s Tour de France, went into the eighth and remaining stage within the total lead and saved the benefit within the French Alps.

Porte ultimately completed 17 seconds forward of Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko within the total standings.

For the 36-year-old Porte, it was a candy victory. He noticed a possible victory within the Dauphine slip away on the ultimate day again in 2017.

“This race, having been second right here twice and as soon as yr shedding second within the final kilometre, to lastly win it I am simply over the moon,” mentioned Porte after the stage.

“All of the sacrifices, time away from my spouse and two children, is price it.”

The Australian’s Welsh teammate Geraint Thomas, winner of the 2018 Tour, rounded out the rostrum, 29sec off the tempo.

Thomas fell within the descent from Joux-Aircraft, lower than 10km from the end line within the ski resort of Les Will get, however managed to reel himself again into the group containing the race favourites.

Porte turns into simply the second Australian winner of the Criterium, the normal warm-up occasion to the Tour which will get underway on June 26, after Phil Anderson in 1985.

He mentioned he’s “beneath no illusions” about his function for his star-studded staff on the Tour.

“To win this race simply means so a lot to me. It is a race I’ve all the time loved, and to lastly win it at 36 years previous is a candy second,” he mentioned.

Padun received his second stage of the race the day after his victorious climb from La Plagne, the Ukrainian racing forward on the primary slopes of the Joux-Aircraft, an 11.6km cross with a mean incline of 8.5 p.c, and by no means wanting like being caught from then on.

The 24-year-old, who received the race’s king of the mountains classification, continued his staff’s good run following a powerful Giro d’Italia during which Damiano Caruso completed second behind Egan Bernal.

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Updated: June 6, 2021 — 9:10 pm

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