Giro d'Italia: Common sense should have prevailed says Brailsford

Quite how Richie Porte must have felt when his punishment was confirmed at 7.30 the previous evening is anyone’s guess, but by the time he showed up for the start of stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia in Forlì on Wednesday morning, the Sky rider was able to offer an even-handed response to the two-minute time penalty imposed upon him by the commissaires, acknowledging ruefully that "rules are rules."

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.