March 11, 2017
STAGE 7: Richie Porte
Richie Porte (BMC) pushed aside his troubles at the beginning of Paris-Nice with a spectacular stage win at Col de la Couillole, the highest ever finish of the Race to the Sun on Saturday.
The Australian, had lost more than 15 minutes in the echelons, rain and wind of the first two stages, was no threat overall, a factor that played into his hands.
Colombian Sergio Henao (Sky) made the best of the day's three first-category climbs to finish fourth in the stage and take the yellow jersey away from Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step), who lost touch early in the 15-km-long last ascent. On the line, 2013 and 2015 winner Richie Porte won ahead of another revengeful champion, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), and Ireland's Dan Martin, who also complete the GC podium.
" It was a really tough climb", explained Porte, "It’s really a great victory for me after my misfortune earlier this week. I tried to show that I had character. My teammates really did a great job today. I love Paris-Nice, it's important for me to win here.”
Richie PORTE (BMC Racing Team) 177 km in 5h01’35’’, at 35,21 km/h d
Alberto CONTADOR (Trek-Segafredo), à 21’’
Dan MARTIN (Quick-Step Floors), à 32’’
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL TIME CLASSIFICATION
Sergio HENAO (Team SKY)
Dan MARTIN (Quick-Step Floors) à 30’’
Alberto CONTADOR (Trek-Segafredo) à 31’’
Stage and GC Results in Full after seven stages