Richie Porte is in great form.
Richie Porte is in great form. JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT

Porte confidence up after Criterium du Dauphine stage win

CYCLING: Australian Richie Porte will go into next month's Tour de France confident following his stage win at the Criterium du Dauphine.

The Tasmanian claimed the 23.5 km fourth-stage individual time trial from La Tour-du- Pin to Bourgoin-Jallieu in southeast France by 12 seconds from Germany's Tony Martin.

Ahead of tonight's fifth stage from La Tour-de-Salvagny to Mâcon, Porte had moved to second overall, 27 seconds behind Belgian Thomas de Gendt.

"Of course it's always nice to win races. Winning a time trial probably gives even more confidence," Porte said.

"I didn't expect to win today and certainly not by this much onto the other (Criterium du Dauphine) contenders.

"I really worked hard on my time trial this year.

"I hadn't ridden any time trial for a long time, so I'm really happy with what I did today."

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