Richie Porte showed confirmed again that his form is very sharp heading into the Tour de France, with his second runner-up stage finish in the Criterium du Dauphine.
Looking comfortable up the final climb of the stage, the BMC rider covered moves from Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), before being the only one who could match Chris Froome's (Sky) acceleration with 2.5 kilometres to go.
He worked well with his former team-mate, stretching out the advantage over mutual rival Contador before trying to beat Froome in the finals dash to the line.
“The team was really good around me today so I’m happy with how things are. To be honest it was probably better than expected. It was a really hard day. Today showed that I’m in a good place. To ride away with Froomey like that is a good sign. For the moment I’ll enjoy this, it’s a good result.”
“I knew it was hard from six to two kilometers but when Froomey attacked like that and you see guys crack, it gives you a bit more inspiration to keep pushing on.
"We still put good time into the other guys, so I’m happy with that. Both Froomey and I are in good form for July, we’re both going so well. It’s a little bit different to be riding for yourself and I’m quite enjoying it.”
He will be used to the familiar sight of the British rider in a yellow jersey and will now have to work to shift the paradigm to bring himself to the point where he can beat his former leader.
He's clearly thinking like a proper contender at the moment, evaluating the form of key rival Contador before looking ahead to the racing to come.
“Obviously Contador didn’t have a good day but there’s still two more days to come, and it’s still not July. The goal now is to recover as best as possible for the Queen Stage tomorrow.”