Team Sky's leader leaves the Giro d'Italia after a race marred by bad luck, crashes and an already infamous time penalty

The Giro d’Italia will start again on Tuesday without Sky’s Richie Porte.

Porte crashed on Friday on the wet roads of Jesolo and lost time in both the time trial and yesterday’s first big summit finish to Madonna di Campiglio. Today he pulled the plug on a frustrating two weeks.

The teams woke up this morning for a rest day, but Porte is expected to travel home to his base in Monaco.

“I fell heavily on my knee and hip which caused me a lot of pain on Saturday’s time trail and yesterday’s stage. I just wanted to keep trying and give it everything, but now the medical team have advised me not to continue,” explained Porte.

“I’m gutted it’s ended this way and that I can’t stay and support Leo [König], Elia [Viviani] and the team in the last week. They’ve been outstanding every step of the way and to not be able to repay that is tough.”

Sky’s staff packed Porte’s bikes and his items from the motorhome this morning at the sunny ski resort, where yesterday the 15th stage finished at 1715 metres.

Porte lost more than 27 minutes at the end of yesterday’s summit finish, but did not stop to explain what happened. It is likely that his crash on the roads near Venice on Friday was a factor.

Porte fell on his left side and hurt his hip and knee. He fumbled with his bike and restarted on an oversized bike from team-mate Vasil Kiryienka. He lost 2-08 minutes.

It added to the 4-06 loss in the time trial the day before in Valdobbiadene and the puncture incident in Forlì. Porte took a wheel from rival and friend Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEDGE) and finished the stage 47 seconds behind overall leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) — but the jury added another two minutes because being assisted by a rider from another team contravenes UCI rules.

The time losses knocked Porte out of the classification. While Mikel Landa (Astana) celebrated the stage win on the podium yesterday, officials began to calculate the overall standings. Porte sat 27th overall at 35-57 minutes behind Contador.

“I’ve had a lot of back luck this week with the puncture and the time penalty, but it was the crash on Friday that has taken its toll,” Porte said.

“The plan for me now is to take some time off the bike, get the medical treatment that I need and reset my goals for the rest of the season and come back fighting. Hopefully I can get myself ready for the Tour team.”

Porte has five weeks until the Tour de France begins on July 4 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. If recovered, he should be Chris Froome’s right-hand man.

Czech Leopold König, who placed seventh in the Tour last year for NetApp, will now lead team Sky in the Giro. He sits fifth overall at 6-36.

Besides the classification, Sky will also race for stage wins. So far it has two, thanks to Viviani and Vasil Kiryienka.


  • JoshLyons

    Oh dear.

  • JoshLyons

    Truth hurts, doesn’t it? No point even replying when you comment like a retarded imbecile. If you really think that luck’s got anything to do with it I can only imagine how many races you won. Lol!

    Personal attacks against other readers opinions just shows what little intelligence you have. If you honestly think I’m wrong then please break-down my comment and point out my errors…without your pathetic attack against me. Sad person.

  • poisonjunction

    Just forget JL, he’s one of the cranky ‘armchair peloton’ who’ve never ridden a race, or perhaps even a bicycle in his life!
    Best ignored, his ignorance of competition beggars belief, I doubt he even saw the incidents he cackles on about, he certainly misinterpreted them and talks in ignorance if he did.

  • poisonjunction

    So CW’s Editor’s at it again, putting four letter emotive word into a headline insulting a rider because he’s been ordered out of the GIRO by his Team . . . . if you want to have a go at someone level it at SKY, NOT the rider whose under contract doing as he’s told.

    The Editor – they write headlines Not the writer – did the same trick a day ago but it was hastily rewritten after I commented* . . like politicians he/ she doesn’t learn by his mistakes.

    Of course ‘SKY’ is a bit more powerful and influential than a rider. so not such easy ‘meat’ . . . the editorial staff need to get a grip of their editor, he/ she does Cycling Weekly’s reputation no good whatsoever.

    *See News Item No 8 on the right a liitle higher on this page for the amended headline – click on that and you see the ‘original’ headline they didn’t change!!

  • JoshLyons

    Got a puncture by hitting a manhole cover – own fault.
    Taking technical assistance from an opposing team – own fault.
    Hanging around after the crash and losing 2+ minutes without grabbing Kiri’s bike and following Alberto who only lost 36seconds – own fault.
    To win a GT you need a brain and not luck.

  • elan

    Alberto would have won the time trial,although well done to the Sky rider.Bad weather and changing winds caused the GC guys a problem.To much is made about Sky from the media,its them that need to stand back and look at the race rather than who they want to win.A motor home will make no difference to riding a 3week tour at this level.I think Porte would have made it to the podium,but not in the pink.Anyway he has plent of time to rest for the tour and help Froome.

  • barry davies

    Time to get ‘prepared’ for the Tour – Think the motor home will be back on the tour ??

  • Alan

    A pithy and wise comment from Froome. Nail & head.

  • James Rider

    Getting a puncture, being on the receiving end of terrible, inconsistent UCI rules, and being caught behind a crash. Seems quite unlucky to me…

  • David Bassett

    What do you mean?

  • JoshLyons

    Luck has a very little to do with it.

  • reece46

    Sean Kelly will be pleased, he couldnt even resist a dig at Kiryienka following his TT victory.