Richie Porte faces fightback at Tour de France 2019 following ‘annoying’ start

Trek-Segafredo finished in 18th at 1-18 down on stage two winners Jumbo-Visma

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Richie Porte has been left with an early setback to his hopes of an overall win at the Tour de France, following a stage two team time trial performance that his Trek-Segafredo sports director described as 'annoying'.

The Australian lost 1-18 to stage winners Jumbo-Visma and 58 seconds to Team Ineos after Trek-Segafredo could only muster an 18th place finish.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).