Dauphine: Porte wins stage 4 time trial

Richie Porte (BMC Racing) underscored his Tour de France ambitions by winning the stage 4 time trial of the Critérium du Dauphiné in Bourgoin-Jallieu. The Australian defeated time trial world champion Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) by 12 seconds and he moves to within striking distance of the overall lead, which is still held by Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal).

Porte was two seconds down on Martin at the intermediate check after 13 kilometres, but he took flight over the flatter back end of the course to claim the stage honours. He now lies in second place overall, 27 seconds down on De Gendt, who did enough to wear the yellow jersey for another day by placing a fine 9th on the stage.

As well as seeing off the challenge of Tony Martin, Porte will draw confidence, too, from putting some 37 seconds into his former Sky teammate Chris Froome over the 23.5-kilometre course. Froome had recorded the third best intermediate time, 12 seconds down on Martin, but he faded thereafter, eventually placing 8th on the stage, 37 seconds down on Porte.

"I didn't expect to either win the stage or take that much time," Porte said as he waited to mount the podium. "But I've really worked hard on my time trialling this year. It's been a long time since I've done a good time trial, so to do what I did today makes me really happy."

Porte has been mining a rich seam of form throughout 2017, winning the general classification at both the Tour Down Under and the Tour de Romandie, and he has now moved himself into the box seat to win the Dauphiné. "I'm just so happy where I'm at, being so close to the Tour," Porte said. "I really hope that with a little bit of luck it can be a good Tour de France for me."

Porte placed 5th overall at last year's Tour, his first in the colours of BMC, and he will line up in Dusseldorf next month as the team's only captain and as one of the principal contenders for final overall victory.

"They've put a lot of faith in me and I'll be the sole leader for the GC this year," Porte said. "I've got a great team behind me. Whatever happens, happens, but I think I can go to the Tour de France in fantastic form and with a great team behind me."

The Tasmanian is not the only rider enjoying a notable sequence of results in 2017. 37-year-old Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), already winner of the Volta a Catalunya, Tour of the Basque Country, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, further underlined his condition with third place on the stage, 24 seconds behind Porte. The Spaniard is now third overall, 51 seconds behind De Gendt.

Valverde's fellow countryman Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) produced a solid if unspectacular display to place 7th on the stage, 35 seconds down on Porte, though it looked a better result by the end of the afternoon when he found himself one place and two seconds ahead of Froome. Contador now lies 5th overall, 1:02 down on De Gendt, with Froome a further two seconds back in 6th.

2014 Dauphiné winner Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac) finished a minute down on Porte in 16th place, Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) limited the damage to 1:03, while Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) and Fabio Aru (Astana) both conceded 1:18 on the day.

It proved a rather more trying afternoon for Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), who struggled to find his rhythm and eventually stopped the clock in 30 minutes flat, some 1:53 off Porte's mark. The Frenchman faces into the Dauphiné's decisive mountain stages with ground to recoup. He lies 33rd overall, 2:20 down on De Gendt.

De Gendt, the last man down the start ramp, began the stage with a lead of 48 seconds over Axel Domont (Ag2r La Mondiale), though he knew that the greatest threat to his yellow jersey would come from Porte, Froome et al. After catching Domont for a minute, the Belgian began to believe he could defend his lead for another day.

"I already felt during the recon that I had good legs. I had a good feeling," De Gendt said. "I caught Axel Domont after the first time check, and he was a good point to focus on. I still have half a minute left on Richie Porte, so I'm really happy with the result."

De Gendt will expect to defend his advantage on Thursday's relatively flat run to Macon, before the Mont du Chat signals the beginning of the Dauphiné's mountainous denouement on Friday afternoon.


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:28:07
2Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:12
3Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:24
4Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:28
5Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:00:32
6Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
7Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:00:35
8Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:00:37
9Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:42
10Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:45
11Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:48
12Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:50
13Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott0:00:55
14Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:59
15Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:00
16Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
17Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:01
18Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:01:03
19Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott
20Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team0:01:04
21Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott0:01:09
22Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data0:01:10
23Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:12
24Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
25Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott0:01:14
26Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors0:01:18
27Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
28Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team0:01:19
29Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:21
30Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:23
31Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
32Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb
33Rubén Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:33
34Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:36
35Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto Soudal0:01:38
36Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:39
37Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:46
38Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates0:01:47
39Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo
40Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott0:01:48
41Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:50
42Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:01:51
43Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team
44Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:52
45Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates0:01:53
46Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
47Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:55
48Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott0:01:57
49Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:00
50Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott0:02:01
51Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
52Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team
53Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:03
54Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors0:02:06
55Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:07
56Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac0:02:08
57Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data
58Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:09
59Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
60Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:10
61Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team0:02:13
62Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:14
63Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-Scott
64Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:15
65Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
66Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:16
67Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
68Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:02:20
69Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
70Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:21
71Jeremy Maison (Fra) FDJ0:02:23
72Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:25
73Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky
74David Gaudu (Fra) FDJ
75Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team0:02:27
76Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:02:28
77Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:02:30
78Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Astana Pro Team0:02:31
79Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:02:34
80Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac0:02:39
81Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
82Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:02:40
83Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:41
84Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin
85Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
86Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky0:02:43
87Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:02:47
88Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
89Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
90Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
91Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:48
92Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:49
93Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb
94Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:02:51
95Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
96Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb0:02:54
97Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
98Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:02:56
99Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
100Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida0:02:58
101Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:59
102Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:01
103Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:03:06
104Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
105Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:08
106Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:09
107Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:03:12
108Julien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie0:03:14
109Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
110Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data0:03:15
111Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
112Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data
113Amund Grondahl Jansen (Nor) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
114Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates
115Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Dimension Data0:03:16
116Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
117Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie0:03:17
118Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data0:03:18
119Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:03:20
120Andre Fernando S Martins Cardoso (Por) Trek-Segafredo0:03:21
121Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:03:22
122Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo
123Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:03:25
124Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:03:27
125Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ
126Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors
127Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:03:28
128Julien El Farès (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:03:30
129Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain-Merida0:03:32
130Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:03:33
131Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data0:03:35
132Delio Fernández Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:03:36
133Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:03:37
134Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
135Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:03:40
136Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
137Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
138Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:41
139Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:42
140Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ
141Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
142Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:03:45
143Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:46
144Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb0:03:51
145Michael Mørkøv (Den) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:52
146Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ0:03:56
147James Shaw (GBr) Lotto Soudal
148Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
149Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:04:02
150Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates0:04:04
151Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:04:05
152Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Sunweb0:04:06
153Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac
154Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors0:04:15
155Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:16
156Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky0:04:20
157Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin0:04:23
158Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:04:24
159Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJ0:04:28
160David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky0:04:36
161Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
162Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb
163Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ0:04:37
164Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:04:39
165Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:04:49
166Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
167Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:20
168Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:06:00
169Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe0:06:07
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Finish Line Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team15pts
2Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin12
3Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team10
4Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo8
5Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb6
6Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team5
7Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo4
8Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky3
9Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal2
10Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team1
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Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:28:39
2Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:18
3Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:27
4Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:28
5Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott0:00:31
6Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott0:00:37
7Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:40
8Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott0:00:42
9Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:49
10Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:51
11Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
12Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb
13Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:14
14Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:01:15
15Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates0:01:21
16Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:28
17Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors0:01:34
18Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:35
19Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:36
20Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data
21Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:38
22Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team0:01:41
23Jeremy Maison (Fra) FDJ0:01:51
24David Gaudu (Fra) FDJ0:01:53
25Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team0:01:55
26Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:07
27Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:16
28Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb0:02:22
29Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:34
30Amund Grondahl Jansen (Nor) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:43
31Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:45
32Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:48
33Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:02:50
34Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:02:53
35Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ0:02:55
36Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors
37Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:02:56
38Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:03:05
39Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:08
40Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:14
41James Shaw (GBr) Lotto Soudal0:03:24
42Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:03:30
43Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac0:03:34
44Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:04:04
45Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:04:17
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Movistar Team1:26:05
2BMC Racing Team0:00:05
3Team Sunweb0:01:01
4Team Katusha Alpecin0:01:04
5Orica - Scott0:01:23
6Lotto Soudal0:01:24
7Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:01:51
8Astana Pro Team0:02:16
9Trek - Segafredo0:02:53
10UAE Team Emirates0:02:57
11Team Sky0:03:00
12Cannondale Drapac Team0:03:14
13AG2R La Mondiale0:03:17
14Team Dimension Data0:03:35
15Direct Energie0:03:48
16Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:58
17Quick - Step Floors0:04:10
18Bora - Hansgrohe0:04:50
19Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:05:59
21Bahrain - Merida0:06:02
22Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:06:18
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General Classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal13:05:53
2Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:27
3Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:51
4Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:55
5Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:01:02
6Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:01:04
7Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:12
8Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:15
9Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:01:17
10Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:22
11Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:24
12Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:27
13Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:01:30
14Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott
15Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team0:01:31
16Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data0:01:37
17Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
18Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors0:01:45
19Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
20Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team0:01:46
21Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:49
22Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:50
23Rubén Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:00
24Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto Soudal0:02:05
25Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:02:09
26Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates0:02:14
27Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:15
28Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott
29Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac0:02:17
30Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:02:18
31Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:02:19
32Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates0:02:20
33Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
34Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott0:02:24
35Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:30
36Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors0:02:33
37Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:36
38Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:41
39Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-Scott
40Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:02:42
41Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:43
42Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:02:47