I think the team was to blame for much of the last few years. Porte has been a top rider for awhile, so minus bad luck, what would make him mess up? The planning and prep from the team management. That is my thinking. Could he have won a GT with a better team or prep... not sure if I will go that far. Still, I like Porte and glad to see he is doing well.Richie has taken back some of his reputation this year after some horror Tours. I didn't expect he would consistently be with the leaders.
His team have done well in support since the crosswind aberration. I expect him to finish fourth but I'm hoping for third. Either way it's his best grand tour performance. 2016 was the one that got away re the podium and 2017/18 was just a nightmare.Race still isn't over but he has overcome a lot. Has to hold hold off for 3 more stages.
That only happens in the movies................if he misses the podium he can blame the crosswind stage which is a shame but that's what grand tour racing is about. You have to be alert every day. Even this week Porte has been spending too much time at the back of the bunch. So far it has worked for him. He has been dicing with danger doing it even with a team mate beside him. Of course he's not the only one to do it but someone like Evans or Froome would be sitting behind the Jumbo train all stage or for most of it. Obviously for Porte it takes the pressure off him to ride like that but when Sivakov fell yesterday near the back of the bunch, Porte just missed the accident being close by.So this is the last weekend of Porte as a GC rider (in GTs at least).
Just imagine if lady luck comes knocking on his door tomorrow after he makes a very good time. Something like raining cats and dogs, making Porte the yellow jersey.
Grit, confidence and a relaxed mind. I definitely noticed the latter two traits in Evans when he won and in Porte this Tour. Lets see what that means in the TT. He can only do his best and see if that is enough.It's above the shoulders. Porte seems to just have a bit more grit about him this tour, and if you're fighting for podiums in a GT, you need a lot of grit. Maybe it's the birth thing, maybe it's the pain of all the missed chances + next year heading to dom duties. He's usually been too mild mannered - remember that time when Froome attacked him in the Dauphine, and he was like 'wtf?' and Froome was like 'we're on different teams, GC is ruthless.'
Similar to Evans, as LS pointed out. Evans always had grit, but always lacked confidence in key moments. The WC win changed that.
Not always actually. McEwen and Van Summeren have both said that Evans' positioning in the bunch in 2005-08 was not great, with a lot of nervous, wasted energy. They've also suggested it was a factor in not winning the 2007 and 08 Tours.One good thing about Evans was that he always had a very good positioning.
Maybe but the bigger factors in 2007 and 2008 were missing a split carelessly and losing seconds that cost him the race and then his crash in 2008. Letting the split go instead of reacting immediately when the front group was full of GC riders was a bad mistake.Not always actually. McEwen and Van Summeren have both said that Evans' positioning in the bunch in 2005-08 was not great, with a lot of nervous, wasted energy. They've also suggested it was a factor in not winning the 2007 and 08 Tours.
McEwen in particular said he had to show him how to move up through the peloton and read the movement of the riders in the bunch.