Richie Porte (Team Sky) survived a crash at the Tour Down Under to remain in the hunt for the overall, 15 seconds down on race leader Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing).
A crash in the final moments of stage four to Mount Barker saw a number of the peloton hit the deck. Porte, keen to remain in contention was near the front of the field and was taken down by the fall. He was able to remount and finish the stage relatively unscathed.
“I was there at the finish of it and did a little pirouette over the top. I did come down but not anything compared to some of the other guys,” his team reported.
“Today on paper it didn’t look like much but they are always the ones that are stressful from the start.”
Porte did lose a place in the overall with Daryl Impey (Orica GreenEdge) moving one place above him due to time bonuses gained on the road but the Australian national time trial champion remains in the hunt for the overall prize ahead of this weekend’s crucial stage to Willunga Hill.
“Tomorrow we just need as hard of a race as we can get to be honest. We’ll see how it plays out on the climb. Last year I when I won I went pretty early. We’ll take it as it comes but I think it will be a fitting finish to the race. The race is not over yet. I think I’m climbing well and the team’s going really strong.”