Aussie cyclist scores biggest win

Richie Porte has claimed overall victory in the Tour de Suisse.
Richie Porte has claimed overall victory in the Tour de Suisse. LIONEL BONAVENTURE / POOL

AUSTRALIAN rider Richie Porte has taken overall victory in the Tour de Suisse after BMC teammate Stefan Kung won the final-stage time trial.

"HUGE congratulations to Richie Porte on securing overall victory at Tour de Suisse," BMC Racing Team tweeted in celebration.

Porte, who described the victory as his biggest to date, is in good shape heading into the Tour de France, which begins in just under three weeks.

"This was a big goal, let's not beat around the bush," he said.

"It's a very important race and I think it's disrespectful to say it's a lead-in race because it means so much to win it.

"I think going forward into the Tour, it's a good sign for me to come here and beat a class field.

Richie Porte reacts after winning the Tour de Suisse in Bellinzona, Switzerland.
Richie Porte reacts after winning the Tour de Suisse in Bellinzona, Switzerland.

"So, I think going forward into the Tour de France, it's a good sign to win here. Before this race, I hadn't raced since Tour de Romandie.

"I was at home for the birth of my son two weeks ago and I've only had one night at home with him so, I think it's great for me to get to go home for a bit of time before a training camp and then hopefully I'll be better at the Tour de France.

"I've won races like Paris-Nice, Catalunya and Romandie but this race is so special."

Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang of UCI WorldTeam Astana finished second overall, followed by Colombia's Nairo Quintana of Movistar Team.

Kung was the fastest in Sunday's challenge, finishing stage nine with a time of 39 minutes, 44 seconds.