Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 6, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Aru claims Stage 5 victory at Tour de France, Froome into yellow; Lotta Lepistö wins hot and hard-fought Stage 6 at Giro Rosa; Viviani takes second sprint win in Austria, Vanmarcke remains in GC lead; Porte on first Tour de France summit: ‘I expected a little more, but there’s a long way to go’; Dan Martin ‘satisfied, very confident’ after moving into fourth on GC at Tour de France; Sagan heads home as UCI jury holds firm on Tour de France expulsion; Riders and managers react to Sagan’s Tour de France expulsion; Guardian: ‘Something mesmeric’ about Dave Brailsford’s ‘total lack of regret’; Route for 20th edition of Santos Tour Down Under announced, with return to Port Adelaide; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 5 highlights; Video: Puppy on a bike ride thinks it’s pedaling.

Porte on first Tour de France summit: ‘I expected a little more, but there’s a long way to go’

by CyclingTips

Richie Porte of BMC Racing spoke with the media of the Tour de France after finishing fourth atop La Planche des Belles Filles, moving into fifth overall. Though Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas wore the maillot jaune, BMC Racing was vigilant at the front of the peloton on Stage 5, men controlling the chase. Porte’s team would lead the peloton all the way into the final climb of the day.

On the day’s effort: “I can’t say anymore for my teammates. They were incredible today, and I think we took it to them [the peloton]. In the final there, Aru slipped away. I’m still happy with my ride for the first mountain stage. I kind of expected a little more but there’s a long way to go.”

On Fabio Aru: “He is incredible. In the Dauphine he was there but hardly figured, but now he’s obviously going well. But look – I think he’s going to have more pressure on him now in this race. We saw last year he took it up and then exploded on one of the last stages. I tip my hat to him for today, it was a good ride. It’s going to put a little bit more pressure on him.”

On Chris Froome: “Obviously when he did his usual squeeze there he dropped quite a few guys. He is obviously going stronger than when we saw him at the last race but I think Team Sky weren’t quite what they were last year. Still, I think they have a lot of pressure coming up.”

On BMC Racing vs Team Sky: “As a unit BMC Racing Team were the team that made the race. Micky Schar and Stefan Küng basically rode the whole race on the front and then the rest of the guys towards the end there. I thought we were going too fast, told the guys to slow down, but they actually kept it up and it’s testament to how strong they are. I think [Sky] has got plenty of work coming up. In the big mountains … I think Froomey’s got the jersey now and they’re going to have the pressure. They’ve had to have the jersey since the start of the race and that’s going to take its toll, I hope.”