Richie Porte tumbles from Tour de France top 10

'Bad day' costs Richie Porte his place in the top 10 overall as Sky refocuses on stage wins

Richie Porte on stage thirteen of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Sky went from plan A, plan B to plan unknown today in the Tour de France after Richie Porte lost 8-48 minutes to the overall leader Vincenzo Nibali. The Australian, who sat second overall this morning, slipped to 16th at the top of the Chamrousse climb.

"I don't think I dealt with the heat very well," said Porte. "It's one of those things. It's a massive shame but we'll see what happens tomorrow.

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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.