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by Mark Zalewski
June 7, 2016
Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Bouhanni punches through to take Dauphine field sprint; Opie wins second stage at Tour of Korea; Porte seeks Tour leadership at Dauphiné; Hepburn returning focus back to the track for Rio; Canadian cycling legend Jocelyn Lovell passes away; Paul Lew joins EDCO Engineering; Cyclist dies after collision with London bus; Specialized Foundation to fund research about exercise effects on ADHD; Recap: Critérium du Dauphiné stage 1; An Post Ras with Neon Velo; On-board video from Dauphiné prologue; Anatomy of a bike throw
Richie Porte has had a steady start to his first season on Team BMC, with top-five overall results at the Tour Down Under, Paris-Nice and Volta Catalunya. But he made quite a statement on Sunday in the prologue of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Porte took second on the tough uphill time trial, beating Chris Froome (Sky) by seven seconds, and only six seconds slower than stage winner Alberto Contador (Tinkoff).
“I haven’t raced for the good part of a month and a half and I’ve flown under the radar so much this year,” he told VeloNews. “No one has even mentioned my name.”
Moving to BMC from Sky means Porte trades a fight for leadership from Chris Froome to American Tejay Van Garderen. But BMC has been clear all along that they are considering a dual GC strategy for the Tour.
As a result the two will be separated for the traditional Tour de France warm-up races — Porte leading at this week’s Dauphiné and Van Garderen leading at the upcoming Tour de Suisse.
“It’s good to be coming into this race with less pressure,” Porte said. “There was certainly no hiding [in the prologue] so I think it is good for me in the big picture.”
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