Tour de France: Richie Porte survives late drama to hold fourth overall

Tour de France 2020 - 107th Edition - 16th stage Grenoble - Meribel - Col de la Loze 170 km - 16/09/2020 - Richie Porte (AUS - Trek - Segafredo) - photo POOL/BettiniPhoto©2020
Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Bettini Image)

Richie Porte (Trek Segafredo) almost saw his hopes of a top-five in the Tour de France ride away from him on stage 18 of the race due to a mechanical but after a frantic chase the Australian saved his fourth place overall with three days remaining.

Porte survived the final mountain stage of this year’s Tour and the final spread of Alpine climbs only to be undone by a front-wheel puncture on the treacherous gravel section atop the final climb of the Plateau des Glières with 30km to go. The Australian was forced to carry on without assistance for some time before a team car could eventually move up and provide a new bike but when the dust cleared Porte had a 45-second gap to the yellow jersey group.

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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.