The ride to Mont Blanc was punishing for everyone and for Richie Porte (BMC) it was another tough day as he had a little crash which resulted him losing 50 seconds to his podium challengers.
It has been a incident filled Tour de France for the former Team Sky super-domestique. In the opening week he lost more than a minute after an ill-timed puncture. Then there was that incident on Mont Ventoux which saw Chris Froome (Team Sky), Porte, and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) crash after dense crowds caused chaos.
But yesterday it was a crash on one of the descents which might have blew his chance of a podium place. It wasn’t as if Porte lost contact with the main peloton after the crash. He caught back on, but it was the effort which resulted in the 31-year-old pay for his efforts in the finale.
Despite crashing Porte said he gave his ‘all’ out on the roads
The rain made it difficult for everyone yesterday; Froome came down, as did Mollema who conceded his second place to eventual stage winner Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale).
But speaking about the eventful day Porte said: "It was such a hard day and just a bit of a mess out there in the final, I think everybody kind of came down. I worked well with what I had and tomorrow is another day."
Today the peloton faces another tough day in the Alps on the penultimate stage of the Tour, and the Australian said he hopes today’s ride will ‘pan’ out better than yesterday.
Teams play a vital part in cycling and yesterday BMC done their fair share of donkey work for their leader, and Porte certainly recognised that saying, "I gave it my all today. The team were just amazing out there. The way they brought me back to the group after the crash and their work on the climbs was phenomenal."
The podium place is by all means not out of reach but it is looking unlikely as Bardet, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) is all ahead of him.
"I think it's going to be hard for me now, I've had my ups and downs here but for next year I can take away quite a bit of confidence," said the 31-year-old.