Climbing Into Yellow
Richie Porte (Team Sky) resplendent in his National kit of the Australian Time Trial Champion started the day in second overall hoping to make up over 30 seconds on the Lotto Soudal Frenchman, Tony Gallopin. Porte was confident he could get into the final Maillot Jaune having scaled the final road stage climb 25 seconds faster than his adversary. Like his teammate, Geraint Thomas, Porte fell hard on the descent off of that mountain but was fortunate to jump back up uninjured. Obviously as indicated by the spectators in serious rain gear, it wasn't the best conditions to race in, but Porte could take comfort knowing that today's climb would not be followed by a descent. Porte's ride was enough to condition the recent tradition of whomever wins this time trial also wins the Race to the Sun.