Richie Porte

Richie Porte ends his season early, looks to ‘hit the ground running’ in 2017

Over the weekend the BMC Racing Team announced that Richie Porte’s 2016 season was over. The Australian’s crash in the Rio Olympics road race had come late enough in the year that racing again in 2016 didn’t make much sense. But as Daniel Ostanek reports, the early finish to Porte’s year means the 31-year-old will …

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Ion Izagirre descends to Stage 20 win, Froome on cusp of third Tour de France victory

The penultimate stage of the 2016 Tour de France finished with a precarious descent of the Col de la Joux Plane Saturday in pouring rain, and at the bottom, Ion Izagirre (Movistar) demonstrated world-class descending skills to  take the first victory for Spain at this year’s Tour. Izagirre gapped off Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Jarlinson Pantano (IAM) to …

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France, at last! Bardet solos to stage win as Froome bloodied in wild day at Tour de France

Rain and mountain descents made for a wild day at the Tour de France Friday, as Roman Bardet took the Stage 19 win and moved from fifth overall into second, Chris Froome crashed and finished, bloodied, on a teammate’s bike, and second-placed Bauke Mollema imploded while chasing back from a crash, losing any hope of …

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Photo gallery: 2016 Tour de France, Stage 18

Photography by Cor Vos, Jered & Ashley Gruber, Kristof Ramon Two-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome held off all comers on the stage 18 uphill time trial in Megève Thursday, taking the stage win and extending his lead in the general classification. Froome (Team Sky) finished the 17km (10.36mi) solo effort with a time …

Froome beats Dumoulin to win Tour de France TT as podium battle tightens

Two-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome held off all comers on the stage 18 uphill time trial in Megève Thursday, taking the stage win and extending his lead in the general classification. Froome (Team Sky) finished the 17km (10.36mi) solo effort with a time of 30:43, 21 seconds ahead of Dutch national time trial …

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Photo gallery: 2016 Tour de France, Stage 17

Photography by Cor Vos, Jered & Ashley Gruber, Kristof Ramon Russian Illnur Zakarin (Katusha) climbed his way to a mountaintop stage victory on Wednesday in stage 17 of the Tour de France, held entirely in Switzerland, as riders from the breakaway fought for victory on the hors categorie climb of the Col de la Gueulaz …

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BMC leadership questions answered: Porte seeks Tour de France podium, Van Garderen into support role

On the roads of the Swiss Alps on Wednesday, any remaining questions about BMC Racing’s team leadership hierarchy at the 2016 Tour de France were answered. Tejay van Garderen was dropped on the penultimate climb of the day, the Category 1 Col de la Forclaz, and lost nearly 20 minutes to the general classification contenders. …

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Froome in control, but behind, five riders in contention for podium finish in Paris

Barring injury, illness, or an ill-timed mechanical incident, Chris Froome has won the 2016 Tour de France. The defending champion took the maillot jaune on Stage 8 in Bagnères-de-Luchon, and has only increased his GC lead since then. Team Sky’s leader now sits 2:27 ahead of Dutch rider Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), and that margin will likely increase …

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BMC Racing Team on Tour dogfight: Anything can happen in the third week

With each passing day more and more people are starting to believe that Chris Froome will win his third Tour de France, but the BMC Racing Team is insisting that things are not set in stone yet. The squad had a mixed day on Sunday’s 15th stage. Richie Porte finished with the Froome group, improving …

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Mont Ventoux madness: A first-hand perspective from the Tour

Sitting in the media interview truck metres from the finish of stage 12 of the Tour, the TV pictures of Richie Porte stopped by the side of the road surprised many. But what came next was completely unprecedented. The images of Chris Froome running up the road without a bike in sight were startling and …

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