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Video: Watch Richie Porte win on Willunga Hill

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Stage 5 winner Richie Porte (Sky)

Stage 5 winner Richie Porte (Sky)
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Richie Porte (Team Sky) on his way to the stage win

Richie Porte (Team Sky) on his way to the stage win
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Simon Gerrans drops Cadel Evans but Porte is already too far ahead to win the stage

Simon Gerrans drops Cadel Evans but Porte is already too far ahead to win the stage
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Richie Porte (Team Sky) cools down after his win

Richie Porte (Team Sky) cools down after his win
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Stage 5 winner: Richie Porte (Team Sky)

Stage 5 winner: Richie Porte (Team Sky)
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Richie Porte (Team Sky) on the podium

Richie Porte (Team Sky) on the podium
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Richie Porte (Sky) gives the crowd a wave

Richie Porte (Sky) gives the crowd a wave
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Although the overall win may have been beyond him, Richie Porte (Team Sky) threw down an early season performance of some muster to win atop Willunga Hill on stage five of the Tour Down Under.

The Tasmanian attacked on the final ascent of the stage and despite being briefly joined by rival Cadel Evans (Team BMC) the Sky captain was strong enough to dispatch the veteran and hold on for the win, with Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) and Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) taking second and third.

Gerrans made up enough time to regain the race lead over Evans and with one stage remaining looks on course for a record breaking third win in the race.

However with both Evans and Porte set to battle it out at the Giro d’Italia with Joaquim Rodriguez and Nairo Quintana, Australian cycling looks to be in rude health.

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