Australian cyclist Richie Porte seals the Criterium du Dauphine title on Sunday… while Britain’s Geraint Thomas also sets a Tour de France mark
- Richie Porte of Team Ineos won the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday
- Teammate and Briton Geraint Thomas finished third after a dramatic final day
- Bahrain Victorious’ Mark Padun booked a second stage win in two days
Richie Porte claimed his first Criterium du Dauphine win, while Ineos Grenadiers teammate Geraint Thomas was able to recover from a fall to claim a podium spot.
Porte, two-time second, is the first Australian to win the race in 36 years after a controlled final stage of 147km through the Haute-Savoie Alps to Les Getts.
Porte finished 17 seconds ahead of Astana-Premier Tech’s Alexey Lutsenko in the overall standings.
Team Ineos’ Richie Porte celebrates his leader’s yellow jersey on the podium
Porte was joined on stage by Alexey Lutsenko (left) and Geraint Thomas (right)
Thomas was adrift for another 12 seconds in third despite hitting the deck on the final descent.
The Welshman recovered impressively and provided much-needed support to Porte until the end of the race.
Bahrain Victorious’s Mark Padun claimed a second stage win in two days to ensure he was King of the Mountains.