Saturday, May 1, 2010

Porte to chase overall win in Tour of Romandie

From the Team SaxoBank website

Richie Porte Won Romandie Time Trial
[30.04 17:47]

 Team Saxo Bank newcomer, Richie Porte delivered an amazing performance on the 23.4 kilometer long time trial in Tour de Romandie by winning the stage ahead of specialists Alejeandro Valverde, Michael Rogers and Vladimir Karpets.
It is his first season with a protour-team but Richie Porte is not easy to scare. In any case, he took on today's challenge without stage fright and rushed through the course, 26 seconds ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne).
Michael Rogers (Columbia) is the new leader of the race while Team Saxo Bank stage winner, Richie Porte jumped up on seventh place overall.
“I hardly have any nails left from biting them when I was sitting in the bus waiting for the last rider to cross the finish line. It's my first pro win and taking it ahead of big names like these is just unreal. Bradley (McGee) was talking me through every corner on the road and told me where to stay and how to ride from start to finish. There's no better teacher than him. Besides, I have Michael Mørkøv and Bobby Julich to thank for this win since they have been there for me these past few weeks. The moral on Team Saxo Bank is just without comparison. Everybody's just happy for me," said Richie Porte after his astonishing time trial victory.
And sports director, Dan Frost was proud of his young rider after his first pro victory:
“Richie (Porte) really had to dig deep in himself today and made an unbelievably outstanding result for him and for the whole team. He started his time trial relatively early and maybe the wind in the meanwhile changed direction but that was not what gave him the stunning victory today. In fact, he was behind in the intermediate and he made it up due to a phenomenal finish. As I have said before, it is really encouraging to see how these guys seize their chances in this race. Richie (Porte) determinedly went after this result and he prevailed. Tomorrow, Richie (Porte) is going to stay with the front as long he can to do a good overall result while Gustav (Larsson) is still preparing for the Giro,” said Dan Frost after the time trial victory.

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