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Richie Porte ends years of Tour de France misfortune with podium finish – The Guardian

The Australian finally found redemption after a remarkable display of endurance en route to Paris



Last Thursday, it seemed the curse on Richie Porte had returned for yet another year. With 27 kilometres remaining on the brutal 18th stage of the 2020 Tour de France, the Australian punctured on rough gravel roads. The 30 seconds it took for a team car to reach Porte felt like an eternity. By the time he had remounted a replacement bike, Porte was almost a minute behind his general classification competitors. Hopes of a podium finish in Paris seemed to ebb away.
Once touted as the obvious succ…

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