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09:46 US Eastern, 15:46 Europe -   57 km to go: 5'20'' Zukowsky won the first KOM of the day. It's raining hard on the route now. 

Richie Porte warms up for Tour with Criterium du Dauphine Victory

Australian Richie Porte on Sunday won the Criterium du Dauphine, the last major warm-up race before the Tour de France.

Riding for Ineos Grenadiers, Porte finished 17 seconds ahead of Alexey Lutsenko (Astana-Premier Tech) and 29 seconds ahead of teammate Geraint Thomas in the general classification.

The final stage – a 147-kilometre route from La Lechere-les-Bains to Les Gets that featured six categorised climbs – was won by Mark Padun for Bahrain Victorious.

The overall win for Porte presents Ineos with a familiar problem. Going into the Tour, they have four riders with claims over the team leadership: 2019 Giro winner Richard Carapaz, 2018 Tour champion Thomas, Porte and Tao Geoghegan Hart, who won the 2020 Giro.

Richie Porte said afterwards, "This race, having been second here twice and once year losing second in the last kilometre, to finally win it I'm just over the moon. All the sacrifices, time away from my wife and two kids, is worth it. This team Ineos Grenadiers were just absolutely brilliant today.

"I know the descent of the Joux Plane well and we've done it many, many times, so decided to do it at my own pace. When I saw Geraint crash it wasn't ideal for the last six kilometres. He has some pretty bad road rash, but he'll be tip top for the Tour.

"I'm under no illusions as to what my job is at the Tour, but to win this race means so much to me. It's a race I've always enjoyed and to finally win it at 36 years old is a sweet moment."

2021 Criterium du Dauphine Stage 8 Top 10

1 Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain Victorious 4:06:49
2 Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:36
3 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
4 Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team 0:01:57
5 David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:02:10
6 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
7 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
8 Richie Porte (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers
9 Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious
10 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis

2021 Criterium du Dauphine Final Overall Classification

1 Richie Porte (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 29:37:05
2 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech 0:00:17
3 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:29
4 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:33
5 Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:34
6 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:38
7 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
8 Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team 0:00:47
9 David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:01:12
10 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:57

2020 Criterium Du Dauphine