Richie Porte wins Tour Down Under in first event on 2017 UCI WorldTour

Richie Porte

Porte was the dominant figure over the six days of competition

Australia’s Richie Porte won the first event on the 2017 UCI WorldTour when he claimed victory in the Tour Down Under.

The ex-Team Sky rider, who was second in the past two years, finished behind compatriot Caleb Ewan in a bunch sprint on the 90km final stage in Adelaide.

Porte, who now rides for BMC Racing, had won Saturday’s fifth stage to lead by 48 seconds.

“It’s just incredible to come back here and win after being so close the past two years,” he said.

“I had a good break at the end of last season and I’ve come back refreshed – physically and mentally – and to win this race, it means a hell of a lot.”

Porte maintained his 48-second overall advantage over Colombia’s Esteban Chaves with Australia’s Jay McCarthy a further three seconds back in third overall.

Ewan’s sprint victory, where he edged out world champion Peter Sagan, gave him his fourth stage win as he joined Germany’s Andre Greipel (2008) and Australia’s Robbie McEwen (2002) as the only riders to have won four stages in the same edition of the race.

OVERALL RESULTS

1. Richie Porte (Aus/BMC Racing) 19 hours 55 minutes 49 seconds

2. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) +48secs

3. Jay McCarthy (Aus/BORA) +51secs

4. Nathan Haas (Aus/Dimension Data) +51secs

5. Diego Ulissi (Ita/UAE Abu Dhabi) +59secs

Selected others

38. Ben Swift (GB/UAE Abu Dhabi) +4mins 16secs

49. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky) +6mins 27secs

97. Luke Rowe (GB/Team Sky) +21mins 03secs

107. Ian Stannard (GB/Team Sky) +24mins 56secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/38709777

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