Orica-GreenEdge’s Simon Gerrans is poised to win the Santos Tour Down Under for a record fourth time – but it was Richie Porte, with his first win for BMC Racing, who conquered the queen stage for the third year running.
As he did in the last two years in the colours of Team Sky, Porte proved strongest in the finale on Old Willunga Hill, beating of the challenge of his former team mate at the British WorldTour outfit Sergio Henao, who is set to win the mountains competition.
Porte finished six seconds ahead of Henao and moves to second place overall but despite picking up a time bonus of 10 seconds is still nine seconds behind Gerrans, winner of the race in 2006, 2012 and 2014, ahead of tomorrow’s sprinter-friendly finale in Adelaide.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.