fi'zi:k's Porte takes second at the Dauphiné

Richie Porte, aboard his fi’zi:k Arione R3 saddle and competing for BMC Racing, finished second overall at the Critérium du Dauphiné on Sunday. The 32-year-old Australian went into the final stage – a mountainous 115km from Albertville to Plateau de Solaison – with a 1:02min lead over three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome, but it proved to be the rider in third place on Saturday night, Jacob Fuglsang, who’d take the honours after winning the final stage and beating Porte by 1:15mins to give him a 10sec win on GC.

‘I think I showed in the end that I’m going well and I’m on track for July [and the Tour de France],’ said a still-upbeat Porte after the race. ‘It’s disappointing to lose it by such a small margin but credit to Jakob Fuglsang.’

Four tough climbs scarred the route, including the final hors categorie Plateau de Solaison summit finish, but it was on the ascent of the Col des Saises that Porte’s rivals attacked him and, ultimately, dislodged him from the first place he’d held for most of the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Still, much to look forward to for Porte and BMC with the Tour de France on the horizon. There’s further good news for BMC Racing at the Tour de Suisse, which started on Saturday and runs until next Sunday, with Rohan Dennis (fi’zi:k R1B Uomo shoes) winning the prologue to take the leader’s jersey. The next day, Philippe Gilbert of Quick-Step Floors (fi’zi:k R1B Uomo shoes) took the stage two win after a dramatic day of racing which saw Rohan Dennis pass on the overall lead onto team-mate Stefan Kung (fi’zi:k Arione VS saddle) after being involved in a crash.

Elsewhere in the world of mountain biking, Loris Vergier, competing for the fi’zi:k-sponsored Santa Cruz Syndicate, cranked it up from his fifth-place qualifier to storm into second at the Leogang downhill (DH) World Cup. The Frenchman showed poise, style and near-unmatched force to hold the lead until American Aaron Gwin stole victory at the last. The next round of the UCI DH World Cup takes place over the weekend of 1-2 July in Vallnord, Anodrra.