• Team Sky's Richie Porte before the start of an eventful 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia (Sirotti)
Australia's Richie Porte is ready to continue his battle for the Giro d'Italia title despite being heavily penalised on Stage 10 for a "technical infringement" which has pushed him down the general classification.
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Cycling Central

20 May 2015 - 7:04 PM  UPDATED 20 May 2015 - 9:13 PM

It was amazing. Really great sportsmanship. For a fellow pro from another team to help out like that. I think it shows cycling at its best. The sport has made a lot of pretty bad headlines over the years and this was a pretty special moment. Simon is a friend and he showed it yesterday for sure - Richie Porte.

Porte received a two-minute time penalty at the conclusion of Stage 10 for for "non-regulation assistance to a rider of another team". The time lost on the stage plus the penalty means the Team Sky rider now sits in 12th position, 3min 9sec behind race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo).

He explained the on road situation which led to the time penalty on the Team Sky website, saying "I didn't even give it a thought that it might be breaking the rules."

"The peloton was going super fast to try and catch the breakaway and get ready for a bunch sprint, and I picked up a front wheel puncture as we were going around a roundabout. I'd gone around it on the left but my team-mates went around the other side," he said. 

"I stopped, and by the time the guys had got back to me Simon (Clarke from Orica-GreenEDGE) had already stopped and offered me his wheel. It was a spur of the minute thing.

"I didn't even give it a thought that it might be breaking the rules. Everything was happening so quickly and I was just acting on adrenaline.

"Stating the obvious, it is frustrating but there is no point moaning or complaining.

“I have to suck it up and we have to look forward as a team. It has been great to get so much support overnight. That means a lot. No-one should doubt how much I still want to win this race.

"There are still two weeks to go. It has been a great Giro so far. There is still a lot of racing ahead, some tough stages and this has really fired the whole team up to try to get the time back.”

Giro d'Italia broadcast details
SBS will broadcast every stage of the Giro d'Italia live. When possible, we will also live stream the race online here at Cycling Central before the television broadcast begins. In addition to morning highlights online, there will be highlights every day at 6pm on SBS 2.