• Richie Porte celebrates after winning Stage 3 of the Tour Down Under atop Paracombe and moved into the leader's jersey (AAP)Source: AAP
Richie Porte busted out a signature Aussie summer cycling move on the steeper slopes of Paracombe to claim Stage 3 and the ochre jersey at the Tour Down Under.
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Cycling Central

23 Jan 2020 - 4:57 PM  UPDATED 23 Jan 2020 - 5:09 PM

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Rob Power (Sunweb) and the small bunch they dragged home stemmed the bleeding caused by Porte's ambush, limiting their losses over the final 800m to just five seconds from what was a significant early gap. 

The Tasmanian's Trek-Segafredo team mates positioned him strongly all stage with neo pro Juan Pedro López hand delivering his leader to the steepest part of the final climb where he pounced. 

"The team were fantastic," Porte said. "I have to take my cap off to those boys. They put all their all their faith in me today. They did a really good job in controlling it. I felt good on the bottom of the climb and I got a bit of a gap there.

"My neo professional team mate Juan Lopez was really good and it was a shame there was such a headwind there in the final. I think we could've done some real damage."

With one eye firmly fixed on the reality of Impey's supremacy in this race, Porte didn't ponder his own chances for the overall too much.

"Daryl's still the man to beat I think with all the bonus seconds on the road but to take anotehr victory on a stage like this is a great feeling so i'm going to savour that firstly.

Power's second place on the stage saw him move to just nine seconds behind Porte and only three behind Impey on the general classification and is now a rider the leading duo must watch.   

2017 Australian road race champion Miles Scotson (Groupama FDJ) animated the stage, breaking away early with Geoffrey Bouchard (Ag2R) and Guillaume Boivin (Israel Start-Up Nation). After Boivin was absorbed by the bunch with 22kms to go, Scotson dropped Bouchard 13kms from the finish but his gallantry was doomed with the bottom of the Paracombe on the bunch's mind. 

The third stage was not without its own crashes. Australian Jay McCarthy came down on the descent with about 13kms to go and UniSA's Tyler Lindorff and Ben Gastauer (Ag2R) seven kilometres later. Their injury status is not yet confirmed but they finished the stage several minutes down.