Despite the efforts of his teammates he crossed the line 47 seconds in arrears to pink jersey wearer Alberto Contador, falling to fourth overall at 1m09s.
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However, this wasn’t the whole story: it later transpired that it was fellow Australian Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) who had given Porte his wheel to get him back in contention.
At first, this was seen simply as a great stroke of sportsmanship with the Giro tweeting its approval:
But the social media mood later changed when news broke that both Porte and Clarke had been given a two minute time penalty for ‘non-regulation assistance’.
David Millar wasn’t backward in coming forward with his take on the situation:
Cannondale-Garmin’s team manager Jonathan Vaughters was a bit more vague, but seemingly just as miffed:
Oldest Grand Tour winner Chris Horner shared his thoughts:
Doctor Hutch speculated about where Leopold Konig might be sleeping tonight after the penalty took Porte below him on GC:
Whereas others looked beyond the black and white of the rulebook, to discuss the actual impact of the assistance given:
Chris Boardman added his two penneth:
While Neal Rogers had a devilish idea as to how Porte could get the time back:
Tom Dumoulin summed up it all up quite well:
What do you think about it?