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by Shane Stokes
June 1, 2017
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Victorious a month ago in the Tour de Romandie, Richie Porte is seeking another morale-boosting ride prior to the Tour de France. The BMC Racing Team rider will line out in the Critérium du Dauphiné this Sunday, competing in the eight-day event as his final racing preparation for the Tour de France.
“The Critérium du Dauphiné is the last big test before the Tour de France so it is a chance to see where I stand compared to everyone else,” he said. “I’m taking a lot of confidence out of my Tour de Romandie win and a good result at the Critérium du Dauphiné would set me up perfectly for July.”
Porte was fourth overall in last year’s race, then went on to finish fifth in the Tour de France. However the latter result was misleading: had he not lost one minute 45 seconds due to a stage two puncture, he may well have been runner-up in Paris. He finished just one minute and 12 seconds off second place.
Team directeur sportif Fabio Baldato tips him for the win in the upcoming race. “In the lead up to the Tour de France, the Critérium du Dauphiné is one of the biggest goals for Richie Porte and the team. A good result at the Critérium du Dauphiné will prove that we are on track for the Tour de France, and also give Richie a lot of confidence. Richie is in great shape at the moment and I think he can definitely finish on the top step of the podium.”
He will be backed by Brent Bookwalter, Alessandro De Marchi, Kilian Frankiny, Ben Hermans, Amaël Moinard, Nicolas Roche and Danilo Wyss.