Tasmania's Richie Porte has become just the second Australian since Cadel Evans in 2011 to finish the Tour de France on the podium.
“It’s a great feeling, a dream come true, to be honest. To stand on the podium in Paris is just unbelievable. It was so nice to be up there with two champions. It’s a moment I will savor for the rest of my life," sid Porte (Trek–Segafredo).
Earlier in the Tour, Porte more than a minute on his rivals in the crosswinds of Stage 7. But in the high mountains, he lowered his deficit, and in the Tour's penultimate stage time trial, he race what many consider the best of his career which secured him a podium finish at the Tour de France.
“This result just caps everything off – I’ve had some bad luck over the years, so it’s finally nice to have a three-week race where everything goes to plan.
“The Stage where I really started to believe was the Grand Colombier. Obviously, the Slovenian guys were the strongest there, but I was third.
“And the time trial yesterday was one of the best I have done in my career. It’s just been such a journey.
"I am just so happy to finally be on the podium of a Grand Tour.”