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by Shane Stokes
June 13, 2016
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Chris Froome wins the Critérium du Dauphiné; Cancellara and Sagan triumphant on opening weekend of the Tour de Suisse; Jolien D’hoore takes third consecutive Flanders Diamond Tour; Groenewegen quicker than Griepel in the Rund um Köln; Dehaes beats Boonen to win Ronde van Limburg; Porte blames near-crash for drop from second to fourth overall; Bardet celebrates second overall in race; Contador insists he’s still on course for top form in the Tour de France; Giant-Alpecin leading race to sign Matthews; Gesink crashes out of Tour de Suisse; Two Wanty Groupe Gobert riders withdraw from Dauphiné over cortisol values; Suspected bike thief lassoed by Oregon cowboy; Martyn Ashton shrugs off paralysis to shine on the Fort William downhill course; Tour de Suisse 2016 Prologue: Onboard highlights; Alaphilippe shows off his skillz
Looking good for a podium finish in the Critérium du Dauphiné, things unravelled for Richie Porte right at the end of the final stage when a surge by Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r la Mondiale) caused him to lose time and slip from second to fourth overall.
He said afterwards that a mishap was responsible. “I found myself almost in the barriers and had to stop and that’s when the group went,” he explained. “That’s when my podium was lost. It’s just one of those things. I was there all week and today I had a much better day, so it’s just a shame to finish on such a bad note. But I think it will keep me hungry for July.”
Porte did ride strongly during the stage, being one of only two riders able to stay with race leader Chris Froome (Sky) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) over the penultimate climb. Martin was gapped but came back on the descent, as did several others.
“I thought I may have still finished third,” he said. “To almost crash in the last 500 meters of the whole race is a disappointing way to end a fantastic week. It’s just a racing incident. Everyone’s on the limit and it’s just one of those things that happen.
“Yesterday I had a bit of a bad day but I didn’t lose that much. Today I felt great. It was a hard stage, and a hard race in general, but I bounced back really well. I’m quite happy with the form and the way things are lining up for July.”