Australia’s Richie Porte survived what was a really late puncture scare after a hitting a pothole inside the ultimate eight kilometres of stage 14 of the Tour de France on Saturday. Nevertheless Porte – ninth general, 2:06 behind race chief Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) – was in a position to take Trek-Segafredo teammate Kenny Elissonde’s bike and rapidly rejoined the primary group with round six kilometres left to race.
“There was a hug pothole, which wasn’t supreme, so I had a double puncture [both wheels],” Porte defined in a video interview posted to social media by Trek-Segafredo on Saturday night. “Kim Andersen, our director, had stated that the roads weren’t the most effective within the closing, so we knew that Kenny was all the time to be shut by, in order quickly because it occurred, fortunately Kenny was fairly shut by, and I used to be in a position to soar again on [his bike] and ultimately come again to the bunch.”
Porte stated that it was fortunate that Elissonde is roughly his measurement, as having to take any of his different Trek-Segafredo teammates’ bikes would have made issues significantly trickier to attempt to chase again on.
“If I would needed to take Jasper Stuyven’s bike, I am undecided that I’d have been in a position to contact the pedals as a result of it is a good bit larger,” Porte laughed. “It was an in depth shave, however we had been fortunate to come back away with no time loss.
“I feel I used to be fortunate that by that point, Søren Kragh Andersen had attacked, and everybody was taking a look at one another a little bit bit,” Porte stated, when actually the stage winner did not assault till round three kilometres to go. “I feel it slowed up within the entrance as a result of I received again on the backside of the climb, so it was all good.”
Requested to clarify the method of arranging, after which making, the bike swap throughout what would have been a particularly disturbing level within the race, Porte stated: “I used to be in a position to get on the radio, although I had a double puncture, and requested Kenny to swap, and Kenny was fairly rapidly on the scene, so, yeah, straight onto the bike, actually.
“He is really shorter than me, which does not occur fairly often,” Porte smiled, “however for many of the climb I used to be in a position to trip out of the saddle anyhow, so it wasn’t a lot completely different.
“The one factor that was completely different was that his brakes are [set up] lots looser than mine are, in order that was a little bit bit hair-raising coming into the finale, nevertheless it all labored out effectively.”
Porte – and, ideally, Elissonde, ought to he be wanted once more – will goal to once more be on the head of affairs on Sunday’s stage 15, which ends with a summit end on the Col du Grand Colombier.