Porte warms up for Tour with Criterium du Dauphine win

Australian Richie Porte on Sunday won the Criterium du Dauphine, the last major warm-up race before the Tour de France.

Riding for Ineos Grenadiers, Porte finished 17 seconds ahead of Alexey Lutsenko (Astana-Premier Tech) and 29 seconds ahead of teammate Geraint Thomas in the general classification.

Richie Porte, riding for Ineos Grenadiers.Credit:AP

The final stage – a 147-kilometre route from La Lechere-les-Bains to Les Gets that featured six categorised climbs – was won by Mark Padun for Bahrain Victorious.

The overall win for Porte presents Ineos with a familiar problem. Going into the Tour, they have four riders with claims over the team leadership: 2019 Giro winner Richard Carapaz, 2018 Tour champion Thomas, Porte and Tao Geoghegan Hart, who won the 2020 Giro.

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