Tour de Suisse: Porte survives hectic circuit in Bellinzona

Richie Porte and Nairo Quintana at the start of stage 8 at the tour de Suisse

Richie Porte ( BMC Racing ) survived a hectic penultimate stage Saturday at the Tour de Suisse and will carry a 17-second lead over Nairo Quintana (Movistar) into Sunday's final 34km time trial. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) won the bunch kick at the end of stage 8 Saturday in Bellinzona, where the peloton navigated six laps of a technical 21.5km circuit, bringing back the final breakaway survivors within kilometres of the finish. A ballistic pace on the final lap saw the peloton strung out in single file, but with the help of teammates Greg Van Avermaet and Stefan Küng, Porte was well positioned near the front of the group and sprinted to 12th place to preserve his GC advantage. "That was such a nervous and stressful stage," Porte said. "It looked like today went without any problems, but that's thanks to my fantastic team here. BMC Racing Team has been great ...

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