Wednesday was Richie Porte restrict themselves to follow in the Tour of Switzerland and yet the leader’s capture. A day later, he took the initiative himself. “I felt better than yesterday,” said the Australian of BMC after he was twelve seconds was smeared on his main competitors.
The explosive slothelling at the end of the sixth stage of the Tour of Switzerland seemed immediately on the cut of a climber as Richie Porte, but he pulled himself in the attack. “I had to do something, after all the work the team has done for me. Especially Michi Schär. He rode most of the ride for me.”
“I had not really expected time to be able to take. Yesterday I felt not top, but today I had a better day. Allan Peiper (sports director, ed.) said to me through the channels: ‘if you still have some energy, then you must go’. I thought that I was too early was gone, but then I heard that they are behind me cracked, and I groped a little bit more deeply in the krachtenarsenaal. It did really hurt, but it is fun to have a little extra time to be able to take on the strong time trialists. Tomorrow is me on paper, maybe even better.”
Porte fell last year brutal from the Tour de France, but aims again this year on the gc. “Switzerland is a dress rehearsal for the Tour. Today we really proved that we are ready for it. It is nice to be so to the Tour.”