1.22.2017

Procycling: Richie Porte wins Tour Downn Under

The Winner's Interview with Richie Porte

Richie, how does it feel to win the Santos Tour Down Under?
"It's an incredible relief. I think back to nine years ago when this race really kicked off my career. This is where I came a wild card. Then two years later I was in the WorldTour. So to win it is a massive relief. I've been close two times before so it just feels fantastic. Cycling is kicking massive goals in Australia with the crowds you're seeing on the road. I must say I'm so happy with my team too. They rode incredibly today and the whole week so it's just an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction to win this."
When were you able to enjoy the victory?
"It's not over until you ride over the line. I felt good and the team put in me in a great position all day and kept me out of trouble. So it was probably the most uneventful final criterium that I've done on this circuit, so that's thanks to the team."
You first rode the Santos Tour Down Under in 2008. How would you look at your career since then?
"It's been a journey for sure with ups and downs. There have been so many great people who have helped me. I'd like to say thanks to my parents and the teams that I've ridden for over the years. Hopefully it will be a great season for me and I'm really looking forward to getting back to Europe and getting stuck in."
How much confidence does this win give you?
"Quite a few of the guys here will do a program in the lead up to the Tour de France with me. That's exciting that I've got a team built around me for the first time ever. I've often been the plan B but BMC Racing Team has put a lot of faith in me this year. I think today I've shown that I can repay that faith they've put in me."
How does this bode for the rest of your season?
My next race is Paris-Nice. I love that race. It's sort of my adopted home race in Europe. It's early days but I'm ok with any pressure. If there was pressure here from the team, then I didn't feel it. Nothing was really ever said. It was just in the media that people were saying that I was the favorite."

Rohan Dennis:  
"We did everything perfectly. Obviously I didn't have great luck on one of the stages but the best man in the peloton won, and the most-deserving. He's been second twice and he's always constantly coming back just as motivated every year. The fact that he's able to do that every year in, year out, is impressive and I'm really, really happy for him. 
I haven't been quiet about the transformation from pure time trials and one week races to Grand Tours. That was my role here this week in that whenever something went wrong or I got dropped or when you would sit up and try and save energy, it was all about trying to minimize any time loss. It's all practice for when I go to the Giro d'Italia this year, or the Tour de France or Vuelta a Espana in other years. It's all about making sure I don't sit up when something goes wrong or I have some bad luck, it's about being consistent. It was a learning curve this week."

Caleb Ewan:
“I actually joked with my girlfriend at the start of the week that I would go for four stages but I didn’t actually think it was going to be possible. I kept backing up and feeling good every day, the team backed me 100% on the days that could have gone either way and I really have them to thank.
I felt like the pressure got more as I won more. It’s not usual that you get lucky enough to win all of the sprints in one race and I was just waiting for something bad to happen because there’s a whole lot of luck that goes into winning a race.”

Esteban Chaves:
“We are really really happy, not just me but all the team. We won four stages, the (People’s Choice) criterium and second in overall so this is a beautiful form for starting the season. Richie started very well here. He showed a really good performance and on the two climbs he had no contenders. We came here for the summer because the other seasons, for me, start super hard in the beginning, in March or April when it’s cold, and it’s not really good. So we tried something different, we started early, so we will see. It’s one experiment.”

RESULTS
Stage 1 - Unley › Lyndoch: EWAN Caleb  GC EWAN Caleb 118.5
Stage 2 - Stirling › Paracombe PORTE Richie  GC PORTE Richie 148.5
Stage 3 - Glenelg › Victor Harbor EWAN Caleb  GC PORTE Richie 144
Stage 4 - Norwood › Campbelltown EWAN Caleb  GC PORTE Richie 149.5
Stage 5 - McLaren Vale › Willunga Hill PORTE Richie  GC PORTE Richie 151.5
Stage 6 - Adelaide › Adelaide EWAN Caleb GC PORTE Richie
FINAL GC
1 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 19:55:49 2 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott 0:00:48 3 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:51 4 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data 5 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:00:59 6 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:02 7 Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto Soudal 8 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 9 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 10 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:04 11 Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:01:06 12 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky 13 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:15 14 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac 0:01:18 15 Michael Storer (Aus) UniSA-Australia 16 Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:01:19 17 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:23 18 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:25 19 Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ 0:01:29 20 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:38 21 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac 0:01:44 22 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:45 23 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:03 24 Lucas Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:02:04 25 Jai Hindley (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:02:08 26 Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:12 27 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:16 28 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:20 29 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:24 30 José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin 0:02:25 31 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:45 32 Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data 0:02:47 33 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:49 34 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 0:03:12 35 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin 0:03:15 36 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 37 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 0:03:44 38 Ben Swift (GBr) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:04:16 39 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo 0:04:23 40 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott 0:04:43 41 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:04:48 42 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott 43 Víctor de la Parte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:04:57 44 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal 45 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac 0:05:04 46 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:05:34 47 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 0:06:05 48 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:06:17 49 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:06:27 50 Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors 0:06:28 51 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:44 52 Cameron Meyer (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:07:00 53 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 0:07:07 54 Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:07:27 55 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal 0:07:28 56 Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:07:31 57 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08:01 58 Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin 0:08:03 59 Louis Meintjes (RSA) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:08:04 60 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ 0:08:08 61 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 0:08:14 62 Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data 0:08:24 63 Manuele Mori (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:08:36 64 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:09:22 65 Francois Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:09:32 66 Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:09:41 67 Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:10:11 68 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:10:13 69 Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:10:18 70 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida 0:10:20 71 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:10:24 72 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 0:10:39 73 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:10:59 74 Marco Marcato (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:11:08 75 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida 0:12:10 76 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin 77 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 0:12:16 78 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:12:27 79 Jeremy Maison (Fra) FDJ 0:12:38 80 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data 0:12:57 81 Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky 0:13:08 82 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:13:09 83 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin 0:13:33 84 Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:14:10 85 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:14:31 86 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 0:14:57 87 Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:15:08 88 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky 0:15:11 89 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott 0:16:11 90 Martin Velits (Svk) Quick-Step Floors 0:17:00 91 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 0:17:05 92 Samuel Jenner (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:17:08 93 Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:17:59 94 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:18:29 95 Jacobus Venter (RSA) Dimension Data 0:18:45 96 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 0:20:28 97 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 0:21:03 98 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:21:11 99 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-Scott 0:21:59 100 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:22:45 101 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ 0:22:54 102 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Bahrain-Merida 0:22:55 103 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:23:35 104 Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:24:02 105 Callum Scotson (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:24:46 106 Thomas Scully (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac 0:24:50 107 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 0:24:56 108 Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:25:01 109 Marko Kump (Slo) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:25:39 110 Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ 0:26:19 111 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team 0:26:38 112 Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott 0:26:44 113 Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Movistar Team 0:27:13 114 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac 0:27:49 115 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 116 Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:28:09 117 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data 0:28:14 118 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 119 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky 0:28:42 120 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:30:01 121 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data 0:30:02 122 Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:30:24 123 William Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac 0:30:36 124 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:32:01 125 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:36:11 126 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott 0:36:58 127 Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:37:02 128 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:37:44 129 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:38:19 130 Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo 0:38:59 131 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:46:55 SPRINT 1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott 63 pts 2 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky 51 3 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data 46 4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 44 5 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe 39 6 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 30 7 Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal 28 8 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott 26 9 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin 25 10 Marko Kump (Slo) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 25 11 Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 24 12 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 22 13 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 20 14 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb 20 15 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 19 16 Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ 18 17 Ben Swift (GBr) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 17 18 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo 16 19 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 15 20 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 14 21 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 13 22 Jeremy Maison (Fra) FDJ 12 23 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 12 24 Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors 11 25 Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-Australia 10 26 Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto Soudal 9 27 Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 9 28 Cameron Meyer (Aus) UniSA-Australia 8 29 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky 8 30 Michael Storer (Aus) UniSA-Australia 8 31 Callum Scotson (Aus) UniSA-Australia 8 32 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 7 33 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac 7 34 Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team 7 35 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac 6 36 Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 6 37 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 6 38 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin 5 39 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team 5 40 William Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac 5 41 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida 4 42 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott 4 43 José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin 3 44 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 3 45 Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 3 46 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb 3 47 Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2 48 Jacobus Venter (RSA) Dimension Data 2 49 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 2 MOUNTAIN 1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 35 pts 2 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 32 3 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott 22 4 Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors 19 5 Jeremy Maison (Fra) FDJ 14 6 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data 12 7 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida 10 8 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team 10 9 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 8 10 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 6 11 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 6 12 Cameron Meyer (Aus) UniSA-Australia 6 13 William Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac 6 14 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe 4 15 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 4 16 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 4 17 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 4 18 Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4 19 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin 2 20 Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-Australia 2 21 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo 2 22 Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data 2 23 Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb 2 24 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 2 25 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 2 26 Jacobus Venter (RSA) Dimension Data 1 27 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 1 YOUTH 1 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin 19:56:53 2 Michael Storer (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:00:14 3 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:21 4 Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ 0:00:25 5 Lucas Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:01:00 6 Jai Hindley (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:01:04 7 Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors 0:01:08 8 Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data 0:01:43 9 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:04:30 10 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:05:13 11 Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:06:27 12 Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:08:37 13 Jeremy Maison (Fra) FDJ 0:11:34 14 Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky 0:12:04 15 Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:14:04 16 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott 0:15:07 17 Samuel Jenner (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:16:04 18 Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:22:58 19 Callum Scotson (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:23:42 20 Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:23:57 21 Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ 0:25:15 22 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky 0:27:38 23 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:28:57 24 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:36:40 25 Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo 0:37:55 TEAM 1 UniSA Australia 11:51:47 2 Movistar Team 0:01:19 3 Trek - Segafredo 0:01:20 4 Team Katusha Alpecin 0:01:43 5 BMC Racing Team 0:01:50 6 Quick - Step Floors 0:02:32 7 Team Dimension Data 0:02:53 8 AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:54 9 Bahrain - Merida 0:03:13 10 Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling Team 0:03:42 11 Lotto Soudal 0:05:33 12 Orica - Scott 0:06:05 13 FDJ 0:06:25 14 UAE Abu Dhabi 0:06:32 15 Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo 0:08:38 16 Astana Pro Team 0:10:11 17 Team Sunweb 0:12:37 18 Team Sky 0:14:15 19 Bora - Hansgrohe 0:14:41

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