Richie Porte celebrates winning the Tour de Romandie.
Richie Porte celebrates winning the Tour de Romandie. JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT

Porte shocked after Tour win in Switzerland

CYCLING: Australia's Richie Porte has described his 'shock' after hauling in a 19-second deficit to win the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland.

The BMC rider went into the final-stage time trial behind Orica's Simon Yates but a super ride helped him rein in the Brit to take the title.

He clawed back the deficit then extended his lead by 21 seconds in the 17.8km battle against the clock around Lausanne to clinch the win.

"It's a massive shock to be honest," Porte said.

"I didn't think I'd be able to claw that much time back. I tip my hat to my team-mates for all the work they've done this week.

"Also Yates, he's a super talent, he rolled me yesterday in the stage so it was sweet to get the victory today.

"He won the battle but I won the war a little bit there. It's just nice to keep the momentum rolling before July."

Tour de France champion Chris Froome had another relatively quiet day.

After losing time on Saturday, he finished the time trial in ninth place to finish the race 33rd overall.

News Corp Australia


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