Mike Tomalaris on twitter said "It took Cadel 8 years to wear Giro pink again and @porteye does it in the second week in his debut appearance in his first pro year".
Today was the Giro's longest stage a 262km jaunt to my mums home region, abbruzzo finishing in the recently earthquake struck L'Aquila. Once again the riders were faced with atrocious conditions.
Porte managed to get himself in a large breakaway group of 50 riders which inclued GC contenders Sastre and Wiggins.
Porte crossed the line with this group which finished the stage more than 12 minutes in front of the maglia rosa group containing Vinokourov, Basso, Nibali & Cadel Evans. This means Porte will take a 10 minute plus lead on this group of contenders into tomorrows stage. Porte will lead the race by 1.42secs from David Arroyo. Incredible.
By my reckoning Porte is the first Tasmanian ever to wear the leaders jersey in any Grand Tour.
Congratulations Ritchie. More on this tomorrow. Back to the live coverage to watch the prestation.