Trek-Segafredo superstar , Richie Porte , showed an intention to win overall over in the 2020 Tour Down Under (TDU). The racer from Tasmania, Australia, destroyed his rivals in the decisive stage, Stage 3 which ended at the top of the steep incline of Paracombe.
Of the six stages at TDU 2020, the general classification (GC) hunters indeed circle Stage 3. The distance is only 131 km, from Unley to Paracombe. But the road keeps rolling up and down, and the ending offers a dramatic spectacle.
The Paracombe climb is only 1.2 km long. But the average slope is 9 percent. The platoon swooped sharply to the right, directly fighting resistance on a road that was tilted constant 12-13 percent. Only after about a kilometer, they turned left, passing a more gentle road to the finish line.
At the end of this stage, the leading teams try to put the winner at the top of the platoon. So they can get a “clean” road to the summit.
Mitchelton-Scott looked the most aggressive, ensuring defending champion Daryl Impey and other mainstays Simon Yates were safe up front.
However, as soon as he climbed Paracombe, Richie Porte immediately step on the gas without giving mercy. Continue driving away from all competitors, reaching a safe distance on the sloping road to finish. In the end, Porte won five seconds over the closest competitors.
Rob Power (Team Sunweb) finished second, followed by Simon Yates.
Rohan Dennis (Team Ineos) is fourth. While Impey was only able to finish sixth, behind Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates).
After the stage, Richie Porte thanked his team-mates, who continued to guard and trusted him one hundred percent. He felt comfortable at the foot of the incline, and did not hesitate to step on the gas.
“It’s a shame the road to finish is upwind. If not, we can get even more time (from competitors),” he said.
With this success, Richie Porte also took over the orange (orange) jersey as the GC leader. Now, he and the Trek-Segafredo Team must work hard to maintain a safe position. At least on the flat / rolling stages until the closing stages Sunday, January 26th. The closing stage will climb Willunga Hill twice.
In Stage 6, Trek-Segafredo will leave everything in the hands of Porte. And the chance is very strong, because Porte is the “King of Willunga.” Has won the stage on the climb for the past six years in a row!
Nevertheless, Porte did not want to feel comfortable. He said Daryl Impey was still a threat. Because the defending champion has the ability to steal bonus seconds on the flat stages.
Today Friday (1/24), Stage 4 of TDU 2020 will end again with a sprint race . After traveling 152.8 km from Norwood to Murray Bridge. (Main bicycle)
Stage 3 Tour Results Under Under 2020 (Top Ten)
1. Richie Porte (Australia) Trek-Segafredo 3:14:09
2. Rob Power (Australia) Sunweb Team 0:00:05
3. Simon Yates (UK) Mitchelton-Scott
4. Rohan Dennis (Australia) Team Ineos
5. Diego Ulissi (Italy) UAE Team Emirates
6. Daryl Impey (South Africa) Mitchelton-Scott
7. Dylan Van Baarle (Netherlands) Team Ineos
8. Simon Geschke (Germany) CCC Team
9. George Bennett (New Zealand) Jumbo-Visma
10. Luke Hamilton (New Zealand) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:13
General Classification after 3 of 6 Stage
1. Richie Porte (Australia) Trek-Segafredo 10:10:24
2. Daryl Impey (South Africa) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:06
3. Rob Power (Australia) Sunweb Team 0:00:09
4. Simon Yates (UK) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:11
5. George Bennett (New Zealand) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:14
6. Diego Ulissi (Italy) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:15
7. Simon Geschke (Germany) CCC Team 0:00:15
8. Rohan Dennis (Australia) Team Ineos 0:00:15
9. Dylan Van Baarle (Netherlands) Team Ineos 0:00:15
10. Luke Hamilton (New Zealand) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:23