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by Shane Stokes
January 6, 2018
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Rebuilding after his serious crash in the Tour de France, Richie Porte took third in the Australian national TT championships on Friday and said he was content with the result. “I have to be happy with that. Obviously, it’s been a long time since I really raced hard and today was such a hard day,” he said.
“It’s a hard course at the best of times but with that heat, it was a nice little hit out. The podium was the big goal and it was a good result for me.”
Winner of the national TT championships in 2015, Porte was second in 2016. He’d normally be targeting the win but, in the context of his crash last July and the long road back from his injuries, he accepted his one minute 44 second deficit to BMC Racing teammate Rohan Dennis and 36 second deficit to Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott).
“To finish third to Rohan Dennis, who is absolutely flying, and Luke Durbridge, is not a bad podium,” he said. “Miles Scotson was up there as well. I’ve really enjoyed the past two months, being fit and healthy, and now getting results in January.
“In cycling, you are only as good as your last performance. The time trial was a good show of form for us going into the road race on Sunday and I’m looking forward to racing with Simon Gerrans instead of against him.”