Richie Porte: 'It was a disaster and we just have to pretend it didn't happen'

The BMC Racing co-leader laments his bad luck on stage two of the 2016 Tour de France

Richie Porte (centre) finishing stage two well down on his rivals. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Richie Porte's Tour de France turned pear-shaped quickly when a rear wheel puncture in the final kilometres of only the second stage to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin cost him 1-45 on his rivals.

The Australian, who co-leads BMC Racing with Tejay van Garderen after helping Chris Froome for years, relied on the service of Mavic as the flat happened at 4.5 kilometres to race in a technical uphill finish.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.