June 19, 2018
Porte seals victory at the Tour de Suisse
Porte claimed the 2018 Tour de Suisse, with teammate Stefan Küng winning the final stage ITT
BMC's Richie Porte has won the Tour de Suisse after finsihing safely behind trammate Stefan Küng. The Aussie finished the race dubbed a dress rehearsal fort the Tour de France with 1'02" over Astana's Jacob Fuglsang, with Nairo Quintana (Movistar) third at 1'12".
Porte, who led the race from stage fiv, started the final stage with a scant 17 seconds advantage over Quintana but any threat evaporated when the Columbian's weaker time trial skills saw him drop a step on the podium when he finished in 26th spot, 1'21" behind Fuglsang and '55 seconds slower than Porte. It is Porte's first stage race win since the 2017 Tour of Romandie.
Movistar in three way team leadership battle
Quintana's performance makes the competition for Movistar race captain at the Tour de France that bit more interesting. It's a three way battle with Alejandro Valverde and Mikel Landa and all three are slated for the Tour.
Landa had a mixed Tour de Suisse, initially making progress up the GC from 27th spot after the opening team time trial. His best spot was 7th after stage 8, Bellinzona to Bellinzona (123km), won by Arnaud Démare (Groupama - FDJ) but a an unimporessive performance than Quintana's in the ITT saw him slip 16th, four minutes down. Valverde, meanwhile, took the overall win at the 42nd La Route d'Occitanie (2.1), beating Daniel Navarro.
It's odds on that Quintana will lead the team at the Tour de France, but his rivals may have other plans for his tenure.
09/6 Team Time Trial - Frauenfeld › Frauenfeld (18k)
10/6 Stage 2 - Frauenfeld › Frauenfeld (155k)
11/6 Stage 3 - Oberstammheim › Gansingen (182k)
12/6 Stage 4 - Gansingen › Gstaad (189k)
13/6 Stage 5 - Gstaad › Leukerbad (155k)
14/6 Stage 6 - Fiesch › Gommiswald (186k)
15/6 Stage 7 - Eschenbach/Atzmännig › Arosa (170k)
16/6 Stage 8 - Bellinzona › Bellinzona (123k)
17/6 Stage 9 (ITT) - Bellinzona › Bellinzona (34k)
Offical race website: Tour de Suisse
Stage 9 Results and Final GC