Richie Porte survives Tour de France ‘fistfight’ on queen stage

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Richie Porte (Trek Segafredo) may have lost time in the battle for the yellow jersey during the “queen stage” of the Tour de France – stage 17 on Wednesday – but the Australian still managed to emerge victorious, in progressing two places in the general classification, from sixth to fourth.Porte, 35, finished fifth at the top finish of Col de la Loze, 1:01 behind stage winner Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), but he dropped a number of his main rivals in the GC to jump over the two Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Rigoberto Uran (EF Pro Cycling). On an extremely difficult day of racing, Porte had to keep pace with the main contenders and then run his own race when the final attacks came within 2 miles of the finish. He was well supported by his team throughout the stage, with notable performances from Mads Pedersen and Kenny Elissonde.

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