Richie Porte: We had a 'robust' team talk after Tour de France crosswind time loss

Trek-Segafredo co-leader Richie Porte on stage 6 of the 2020 Tour de France
Trek-Segafredo co-leader Richie Porte on stage 6 of the 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Richie Porte (Trek Segafredo) comes out of the first rest day at the Tour de France sitting pretty in 11th place on the general classification, but the situation could have been substantially better if the Australian and his co-leader Bauke Mollema hadn’t been distanced on the crosswind that battered stage 7 to Lavaur. Both riders have more than held their own in the mountains in this year’s race, although they have not quite been on the same level as Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), and Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers). The Trek-Segafredo duo are pushing for top 10 places, with Porte currently 1:53 off Roglič's lead and Mollema two places further down at 2:31.

Porte was unable to match the very best when they began to fight it out for bonus seconds on the Col de Marie Blanque during stage 9, but he clawed his way back to a group of GC contenders during the long descent to the finish in Laruns.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.