The gap prior to the TT was only 1:39. So even on his normal TT would have lost the podium spot to Porte anyway. But you should think about the energy Lopez expended in winning stage 17. That explains the off day.Yeah agree, it was just a completely off-day. Prolly losing between 3 minutes to lil Richie, maybe less.
Anderson won some good races : Tour De Suisse, Tour De Romandie, Dauphine and two fifth places in the Tour as well as two Tour stage wins and two Giro stage wins plus the Amstel Gold race (1983),Amazing that Richie is the first Aussie to win the Dauphine since Phil Anderson! Phil is a legend and pioneer of Australian road cycling success in Europe so that is a huge stat Porte can be proud of.
Late in his career Porte is adding some impressive results to his palmeres. While we will always wonder what if, at least he can be very proud now he has shut up many doubters on his true abilities since last season.
This Aussie is easy on the eyeRightly or wrongly, in most cultures Aussies are considered very easy on the eye, but in road cycling we are generally viewed as ugly ducklings.
It's all Cadel's fault.