Richie Porte seated comfortably absent the usual Tour de France noise | Sophie Smith | sport


TThe ghost of the Tour de France past still haunts Richie Porte, but the Australian is on track for a vintage campaign this year, entering the first day of rest in the best position he was in. The Trek-Segafredo pilot crashed in 2017 and 2018 Tours on the ninth stage but cleared and the Pyrenees without incident on Sunday. He is now 11th overall – one minute and 53 seconds adrift of new race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).The 35-year-old remained on his back, but in contact with, a group of four title favorites, including Roglic, defending champion Egan Bernal (Ineos), stage winner Tadej Pogacar (United Arab Emirates) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain) -Merida) on the final ascent, in an indication of form but above all, for him, of composure. Porte lost contact when reaching the top in the descent of Col de Marie Blanque but finished the stage close in the second group.


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