CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

“Xabi had already crashed a few times this race and it’s a shame to lose him, but the show rolls on and it’ll be a similar fight tomorrow I guess," Porte says

Photo: Sirotti

BERNHARD EISEL

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

RICHIE PORTE

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

TEAM SKY

NEWS

TOUR DE FRANCE

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

XABIER ZANDIO

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS
10.07.2014 @ 20:26 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

For the second day in a row, Team Sky lost a rider after Xabier Zandio was forced to abandon the race after another crash. New team leader Richie Porte lamented the loss but praised his team for having brought him safely through a dangerous day.

 

Richie Porte heaped praise on his team-mates after they guided him through another tough day at the Tour de France, but was sorry to see Team Sky’s ranks reduced further after the loss of Xabier Zandio to injury.

 

Porte assumed the team leadership role when Chris Froome was forced to abandon the race on Wednesday and was well protected on the sixth stage as crashes diminished the field further.

 

Zandio came down 79km from home in a large pile-up on wet roads, but Porte lived to fight another day after being safely guided through the dicey run in to Reims.

 

The 29 year old was a relieved man when he was interviewed after the stage, and admitted he had to stay focused on the job in hand despite losing one of his key wingmen.

 

He said: “It was such a stressful day today but luckily I had Bernhard Eisel and Geraint Thomas there and I could just sit on the back of them. Those guys and the rest of my team were absolutely incredible. The wind and slippery roads made the going tough, but seven of us made it through and we can tick off another day off now.

 

“Xabi had already crashed a few times this race and it’s a shame to lose him, but the show rolls on and it’ll be a similar fight tomorrow I guess.”

 

Eisel had been tasked with supporting Froome when the Tour rolled out of Leeds last Saturday, but is now working for Porte and he remains unfazed despite the wet and wild conditions.

 

He told reporters: “It’s the same job for me with the same work, the same motivation, and the same preparation. I read the race book every day and when I’m on the road I just keep looking ahead. We communicate verbally so when someone behind me shouts ‘on’, I know Richie’s there and I can ride.

 

“The pressure is always on at the Tour but I try to do my best. The last six days have been really stressful. The millions of fans in Britain meant you had to stay alert, and the weather, cobbles and crosswinds in France have meant everything has been thrown at us over the last six days.”

 

And while the going is tough, Eisel has no qualms about working for Porte and has a great relationship with his new team leader.

 

He joked: “We’re quite similar and we both like chatting a lot in the bunch. I told Richie in the first days, ‘Come on, no more talking now, concentrate, and then he saw me chatting to someone two minutes later and shouted, ‘Shut your mouth, concentrate.’

 

“We get along really well and I hope I can bring him safely to Paris with a good result in the bag.”

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

Bycykling 101: Navigering i byens gader og cykelvenlige... 27.11.2023 @ 12:11The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21

Currently no news in this list

Amelia SHARPE
23 years | today
Mustafa ERIKCI
28 years | today
Pedro Arreitunandia QUINTERO
50 years | today
Davide PLEBANI
28 years | today
Besmir BANUSHI
36 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com