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by Mark Zalewski
July 4, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan swaps rainbow stripes for yellow jersey with Stage 2 victory at Tour de France; Rosa Round-up: more Boels-Dolmans success as Evelyn Stevens wins stage 3 and takes pink; Tour of Austria kicks off with uphill prologue and field sprint stage; Cavendish wins opening stage of Tour de France, takes maillot jaune for first time; ‘It was a disaster’: Stage 2 puncture slashes Porte’s chances of Tour de France victory; The walking wounded: Stage 1 of Tour leaves its mark; Contador injured in Tour de France opener: ‘When I place my shoulder in a certain position I am worried’; Bennett soldiers on after stage 1 crash: ‘I could see the bone in my finger’; Mission accomplished: Cavendish completes long campaign to grab Tour yellow; Cookson on ASO-UCI deal, Bahrain team; Tramadol prevalent within the pro peloton, soon to be banned; Tour de France: Stage 2 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 on-board highlights; Tour de France: Stage 2 on-board highlights; How to launch the ‘Manx Missile’
Richie Porte’s chances of winning the 2016 Tour de France have taken a significant hit after just two days of the 21-day race.
An inopportune puncture and slow wheel change from neutral support just 5km from the finish of today’s second stage saw Porte fall 1:45 behind his GC rivals and his BMC co-leader Tejay van Garderen. Porte didn’t mince his words when describing the incident.
“It was a disaster. What can you do?” Porte said after the stage. “You’re sitting second wheel, perfect position … I don’t know what the hell I hit but next thing the rear tyre went down and then I had to buckle the seatbelt out there going back through the peloton. It was quite dangerous.”
Porte came into the race having structured his season around a tilt at the Tour de France general classification. Indeed, his move from Sky to BMC at the end of last season was largely motivated by the opportunity to lead a team at the Tour de France. But things haven’t gone to plan so far.
“It’s kinda like last year in the Giro minus the two-minute penalty,” Porte said, referring to stage 10 of last year’s Giro d’Italia when he was docked two minutes for taking a wheel from compatriot but rival Simon Clarke. “But it probably would have been quicker to take the two-minute penalty than the wheel change I got anyhow.”
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