Porte: I'd rather be climbing well than time trialling well

You could forgive Richie Porte (BMC Racing) for getting a little bit carried away about his time trial victory on stage 4 of the Critérium du Dauphiné. With considerable damage inflicted on the other general classification contenders – most significantly 37 seconds on Chris Froome (Team Sky) – things look very rosy indeed. And not just for this week; Porte's performance marked the continuation of a run of form that comfortably outclasses that of any other true contender for the Tour de France.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.