Richie Porte's agent must be rubbing his hands together as the Tasmanian pocket rocket launches on Stage 10. PLUS: see the contenders crack on Le Pierre-Saint-Martin in a minute and fifteen seconds, discover the meaning of 'First Hill Syndrome' and find out whether our Aussie battlers battled though in #battlerwatch.
15 Jul 2015 - 9:00 AM  UPDATED 15 Jul 2015 - 9:58 AM
Wednesday 15 Jul 2015

Australia's Richie Porte may have made his future employer very happy overnight, whomever that may be, after putting in a sterling performance in service of current Team Sky team-mate and maillot jaune Chris Froome. Porte not only provided a launchpad for Froome's blistering attack at 6km to go, but also reeled in Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in the last couple of kilometres to snatch second on the stage.

"I sort of felt a little bit bad picking [Quintana’s] pocket but it’s a race," he said,

Porte warned that Team Sky will need to be on their guard after this effort, though.

"It’s one day in the Tour. We can’t get too carried away. We’ve seen in 2013 the first and second on the stage and then the disaster there. So we’re not getting too far in front of ourselves, but it’s still a fantastic feeling."

Porte will start in the polka dot jersey tomorrow, wearing it on behalf of Chris Froome. More from Porte below.

Don't have time to watch the full stage highlights? Just like to see the best riders in the world pedalling squares and pulling pain faces? Check out the Crack Reel for Stage 10 - it's a minute and 15 seconds of sheer agony for the riders - but it's great fun for us. You can almost hear the elastic snapping.

Andre Greipel was a happy man after the stage as his efforts in the intermediate sprint meant that he overhauled Peter Sagan in the points jersey competition. Greipel now holds the green jersey by a slim margin of just three points.

He also has a reasonable chance of retaining it tomorrow, given that the intermediate sprint will take place before the peloton hits the major climbs for the day.

French hopes that a home rider would take a Bastille Day victory were soundly dashed by Chris Froome yesterday. However, we were treated to the inevitable sight of a solo French breakaway by Pierrick Fédrigo (Bretagne-Séché) in the early part of the stage. He was later joined by Kenneth van Bilsen (Cofidis).

The Best Frenchman prize at the top of the mountain went to Pierre Rolland (Europcar), who finished eighth on the stage, followed by Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) in ninth, who presumably made his mum very happy.

 

 

It was two British riders who perhaps pulled off the most impressive rides of the day, with Team Sky's Geraint Thomas and Orica-GREENEDGe's Adam Yates finishing sixth and seventh on the stage respectively.

Thomas's performance puts him fifth on GC, while Yates continues to develop into a climber to watch in future. More from Thomas and Yates below (keep watching the GreenEDGE video for Durbo's superb definition of 'First Hill Syndrome' too).

Fractured ribs, broken collarbones, stomach bugs: the Aussie contingent is doing it tough at the Tour. Did our brave battlers make it to the end of today's superheated stage?

The answer is YES! Most of the Aussies finished safely in the autobus, with the ailing Michael Matthews trailing in a couple of minutes later.

Here's hoping they can keep pushing on through the next few days in the mountains.