Richie Porte (BMC) confirmed his overall victory at the Tour de Suisse, extending his overall lead with a solid time trial in Bellinzona. Porte’s teammate Stefan Küng, who wore yellow after BMC’s stage one team time trial win, took the stage victory with a time of 39:45, a full 19 seconds ahead of second-placed Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb).
Jakob Fuglsang’s 8th place on the day, 38 seconds down, saw him leapfrog from sixth to second on GC. Porte was next best among the GC contenders, 1:04 behind Küng, while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) held on to third overall as Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) surprisingly fell off the podium and into fifth place.
The victory, in Porte’s first participation at the race, sets the Australian up well for his shot at the Tour de France, which is now just under three weeks away.
“This was a big goal – let’s not beat around the bush,” Porte said after the finish. “It’s a very important race and I think it’s disrespectful to say it’s a lead-in race because it means so much to win it. I think going forward into the Tour, it’s a good sign for me to come here and beat a class field.”
Porte also paid tribute to former team owner Andy Rihs, who died in April, as well as adding that this was his biggest race victory to date.
“I’d say so. I’ve won races like Paris-Nice, Catalunya and Romandie but this race is so special,” Porte said. “To come here after the passing of Andy Rihs earlier in the season and win his home tour, it’s a massive satisfaction.”
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