Tour de France: Richie Porte survives late puncture scare

Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte at the 2020 Tour de France
Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte at the 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Australia's Richie Porte survived what was a very late puncture scare after a hitting a pothole inside the final eight kilometres of stage 14 of the Tour de France on Saturday. However Porte – ninth overall, 2:06 behind race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) – was able to take Trek-Segafredo teammate Kenny Elissonde's bike and quickly rejoined the main group with around six kilometres left to race.

"There was a hug pothole, which wasn't ideal, so I had a double puncture [both wheels]," Porte explained in a video interview posted to social media by Trek-Segafredo on Saturday evening. "Kim Andersen, our director, had said that the roads weren't the best in the final, so we knew that Kenny was always to be close by, so as soon as it happened, luckily Kenny was pretty close by, and I was able to jump back on [his bike] and eventually come back to the bunch."

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