Giro d’Italia 2015: Richie Porte handed two-minute time penalty

Commissaires punish Australian for receiving assistance from a different team's rider

Richie Porte’s hopes of Giro d’Italia success have been handed a huge blow after the Team Sky man was handed a two-minute time penalty by race commissaires after stage ten.

Porte punctured with little more than five kilometres of the stage remaining, losing 47 seconds to race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and second-placed Fabio Aru (Astana).

After puncturing, Porte was assisted by fellow Australian Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEDGE), who gave him his wheel and helped to push him back on his way before his Team Sky team-mates rallied him to the finish in a bid to cut their losses.

Clarke was praised for his gesture on social media, including by the Giro d’Italia’s own media team who tweeted a photo of the image with the caption ‘this is cycling’.

But the race commissaires clearly took a different view of the incident, handing both men a two-minute time penalty and fining them CHF200.

The rule violation was with regard UCI article “12.1.040 / 8.2 Non-regulation assistance to a rider of another team, stage races”, and means Porte is now 12th overall with a deficit of 3’09” to Contador.

Team Sky team-mate Leopold Konig is, as a result, the team’s best-placed rider overall sitting tenth – 39 seconds better off.

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