Porte takes Tour de Suisse title

Richie Porte on Tour de Suisse podium

Porte (centre) becomes the first Australian to win the Tour de Suisse in 33 years

Australian Richie Porte won the Tour de Suisse as BMC team-mate Stefan Kung took time-trial victory in the final stage in Bellinzona.

Switzerland’s Kung, 24, was the only rider to complete the 34.1km course in under 40 minutes.

He finished 19 seconds ahead of Team Sunweb’s Soren Kragh Andersen, with BMC’s Tejay van Garderen third.

Porte becomes the first Australian to win the Tour de Suisse since Phil Anderson in 1985.

The 33-year-old finished more than a minute ahead of Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark at the top of the general classification, with Movistar’s Colombian rider Nairo Quintana third.

BMC won the race’s opening time trial and Swiss champion Kung wore the race leader’s yellow jersey until the race hit the mountains on stage five.

From there, Porte gained and never relinquished the overall lead, despite Quintana winning stage seven to narrow the gap at the top.

The Tour de Suisse is one of the key races ahead of the Tour de France, which starts on Saturday, 7 July.

Stage nine result

1 Stefan Kung (Sui/BMC Racing Team) 39mins 44secs

2 Soren Kragh (Den/Team Sunweb) +19secs

3 Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC Racing Team) +23secs

4 Maciej Bodnar (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe) +26secs

5 Michael Matthews (Aus/Team Sunweb) same time

General classification

1 Richie Porte (Aus/BMC Racing Team) 29hrs 28mins 5secs

2 Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana Pro Team) +1min 2secs

3 Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +1min 12secs

4 Enric Mas (Spa/Quick-Step Floors) +1min 20secs

5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Team Sunweb) +1min 21secs

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Women’s Tour: Coryn Rivera takes overall victory as Lotta Lepisto wins stage five

Lotta Lepisto

Victory in Colwyn Bay marked Lepisto’s second stage win – with her first coming in 2016

American Coryn Rivera won the 2018 Women’s Tour as Finland’s Lotta Lepisto sprinted to victory on the final stage from Dolgellau to Colwyn Bay.

Cervelo-Bigla rider Lepisto crossed the line first, with Italy’s Giorgia Bronzini second and the Netherlands’ Marianne Vos, the 2014 champion, third.

Lepisto, 28, last won a Women’s Tour stage in 2016, also on stage five.

Team Sunweb’s Rivera finished the 122km stage in the bunch to top the overall standings, 11 seconds ahead of Vos.

Despite a heavy crash during stage four on Saturday, Britain’s Dani Rowe placed third in the general classification, 25 seconds behind Rivera, and finishes with the blue jersey for the best British rider.

Rivera becomes the fifth cyclist to win the Women’s Tour since it was established in 2014.

It was the first time a stage of the race had taken place in Wales.


Rivera celebrates with her Team Sunweb team-mates

Stage five result:

1 Lotta Lepisto (Fin/Cervelo-Bigla) 3hrs 3mins 55secs

2 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita/Cylance) same time

3 Marianne Vos (Ned/Waowdeals)

4 Marta Bastianelli (Ita/Ale Cipollini)

5 Roxane Fournier (Fra/FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope)

General classification:

1 Coryn Rivera (US/Team Sunweb) 17hrs 52mins 36secs

2 Marianne Vos (Ned/Waowdeals) +11secs

3 Dani Rowe (GB/Waowdeals) +25secs

4 Christine Majerus (Lux/Boels-Dolmans) +27secs

5 Amy Pieters (Ned/Boels-Dolmans) +28secs

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Women’s Tour: Denmark’s Amalie Dideriksen wins stage four for first victory of 2018

Amalie Dideriksen

Denmark’s Amalie Dideriksen timed her sprint to perfection to win stage four of the Women’s Tour in Worcester – her first individual victory of 2018.

The Boels-Dolmans rider crossed the line ahead of Lotta Lepisto and 2014 champion Marianne Vos, who finished second and third respectively.

Victory on the 130km route from Evesham was Boels-Dolmans’ first of the Tour.

Britain’s Dani Rowe crashed within the final three kilometres but retained the best British rider blue jersey.

She remains third in the general classification with Team Sunweb’s American rider Coryn Rivera still in the lead, 14 seconds ahead of three-time world road race champion Vos.

Sunday’s fifth and final stage of the Women’s Tour is a 122km route from Dolgellau to Colwyn Bay.

Stage four result:

1 Amalie Dideriksen (Den/Boels-Dolmans) 3hrs 31mins 19secs

2 Lotta Lepisto (Fin/Cervelo-Bigla) same time

3 Marianne Vos (Ned/Waowdeals)

4 Chloe Hosking (Aus/Ale Cipollini)

5 Barbara Guarischi (Ita/Team Virtu)

General classification after stage four:

1 Coryn Rivera (US/Team Sunweb) 14hrs 48mins 44secs

2 Marianne Vos (Ned/Waowdeals) +14secs

3 Dani Rowe (GB/Waowdeals) +22secs

4 Amy Pieters (Ned/Boels-Dolmans) +25secs

5 Christine Majerus (Lux/Boels-Dolmans) same time

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Australia’s Roy wins stage three of Women’s Tour

Sarah Roy

Sarah Roy has now won two stages on the Women’s Tour, after victory on stage four last year

Australia’s Sarah Roy sprinted to victory to win stage three of the Women’s Tour in Leamington Spa.

The Mitchelton-Scott rider held off the challenge of Giorgia Bronzini and 2014 champion Marianne Vos, with the pair finishing second and third respectively on the 151km stage from Atherstone.

American Coryn Rivera was fourth and retains the lead, with Vos in second.

Britain’s Dani Rowe finished 10th and drops a place to third in the general classification.

Saturday’s fourth stage is a 130km route from Evesham to Worcester, with the race finishing on Sunday in Colwyn Bay.

“I really didn’t expect this today and as always the whole team was amazing,” said Roy.

“We rode like a well-oiled machine out there today and we just knew the right things to do at the right time, it came together really well. The last few climbs were steep and really tough and at 150km it was a long day out and it’s pretty cool to get the win.”

Stage three result:

1. Sarah Roy (Aus/Mitchelton-Scott) 3hrs 55mins 09secs

2. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita/Cylance Pro Cycling) same time

3. Marianne Vos (Ned/WaowDeals) same time

4. Coryn Rivera (US/Team Sunweb) same time

5. Roxane Fournier (Fra/Aquitaine Futuroscope) same time

General classification after stage three:

1. Coryn Rivera (US/Team Sunweb) 11hrs 17mins 27secs

2. Marianne Vos (Ned/WaowDeals) +16secs

3. Dani Rowe (GB/WaowDeals) +20secs

4. Amy Pieters (Ned/Boels-Dolmans) +23secs

5. Christine Majerus (Lux/Boels-Dolmans) same time

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Women’s Tour: Coryn Rivera wins stage two to move into overall lead

Coryn Rivera

Coryn Rivera, right, narrowly edged out Marianne Vos in Daventry

American Coryn Rivera edged out Marianne Vos in a thrilling sprint finish to win stage two and move into the overall lead of the Women’s Tour.

A reduced peloton contested the sprint after a late climb on the 145km stage, with Rivera’s bike throw denying former champion Vos on the line in Daventry and Christine Majerus finishing third.

Rivera leads the general classification by 15 seconds over Britain’s Dani Rowe.

Rowe came fourth on stage two to retain the Best British Rider blue jersey.

Three-time world road race champion Vos is a second further back on WaowDeals team-mate Rowe in the overall.

Stage one winner Jolien D’Hoore finished nine minutes 29 seconds down on Rivera to fall down the general classification.

The Women’s Tour has more than doubled its prize fund this year to match the sums awarded in the men’s race, with prize money for the five-day race now standing at 90,000 euro (£80,355).

The 17-team event, now in its fifth edition, forms part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour and concludes on Sunday.

Friday’s stage three is the longest of the race, running 151km from Atherstone to Royal Leamington Spa.

Stage two result:

1. Coryn Rivera (US/Team Sunweb) 4hrs 8mins 06secs

2. Marianne Vos (Ned/WaowDeals) same time

3. Christine Majerus (Lux/Boels-Dolmans)

4. Dani Rowe (GB/WaowDeals)

5. Gracie Elvin (Aus/Mitchelton-Scott)

General classification after stage two:

1. Coryn Rivera (US/Team Sunweb) 7hrs 22mins 22secs

2. Dani Rowe (GB/WaowDeals) +15secs

3. Marianne Vos (Ned/WaowDeals) +16secs

4. Amy Pieters (Ned/Boels-Dolmans) +17secs

5. Christine Majerus (Lux/Boels-Dolmans) +19secs

6. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita/Wiggle High5) +21secs

7. Eugenia Bujak (Slo/BTC City Ljubljana) +23secs

8. Eva Buurman (Ned/Trek-Drops) same time

9. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita/Valcar PBM)

10. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra/Canyon-SRAM Racing)

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