Porte consolidates lead as Haas trumps field

Under the watchful eye of thousands of spectators lining Willunga Hill, Richie Porte (BMC) consolidated his Tour Down Under leaders jersey with a fourth consecutive win on the iconic climb. Porte eclipsed the field with under a kilometre to go, leaving opponents in his wake struggling to fight for the minor GC placings.

Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) recovered to second place on the stage securing his spot on the podium in Adelaide tomorrow, with Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) racing to third on the day. Haas, coming off the back of a solid summer training period in Adelaide, stated he needed to overcome subconscious demons on the climb in order to fight back from an initial lull in energy. 

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Fighting: Haas and Chaves battling up Willunga Hill. (Image: Getty)

“I kept asking myself questions with positive answers and my subconscious just kept saying yes, yes, yes” he told reporters after the stage. Haas also spoke of his career and previous endeavours as a cyclist and how spectators should expect the best is yet to come. “I don’t think I ever really went away but I never really did anything that big either. I think 2017 has a big feeling for me. It’s my second year with the team and it’s really starting to feel like home.”

Mimicking a stage of the Tour de France, crowds flocked to the south of the state for a day peppered with vineyards, sweeping fields and the odd pod of Dolphins along the Aldinga Beach coast. The final stage of the race sets off on a street circuit of the Adelaide CBD taking in views of the Adelaide Oval, the River Torrens and along the main street of Adelaide.

Images C/O Canberra Times & Eurosport.

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