British rider Charlie Tanfield claimed the gold medal in the 4,000m Individual Pursuit at the UCI Track World Cup Round V in Minsk Belarus on Saturday.
“It was strange because in the heats my legs felt so blocked I thought something was wrong but in the final, I relaxed and it just all clicked and it was a great race,” said Tanfield in a press release. He is currently riding for Team KGF a British UCI Trade Track Team based in Derby.
“Getting closer that World Record and that makes me happy, I am still only 21 so I have plenty of time.”
Tanfield won the qualifying round in 4:15.313. He went on to win the final with a time of 04:12.253 and broke the stadium record. He was only 1.7 seconds off the World Record of Jack Bobridge, from 2011, and it was a personal best for the 21-year-old.
Portugal’s Ivo Oliveira (POR) was second, more than seven seconds slower. Alexander Evtushenko (Lokosphinx), from Russia, was third.
On Sunday, Tanfield and his elder brother, Harry, will compete for Team KGF in the Team Pursuit with their first round against Switzerland.
The USA Swimming Foundation grant applications are now open for Make a Splash Partners.
In 2018, the USA Swimming Foundation will invest approximately $400,000 in grants to help its Make a Splash Local Partners provide services to children who, otherwise, would not have the opportunity to participate in swim lessons. We invite all eligible and interested USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partners to submit proposals that advance this purpose. Final USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Grant Application proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. PST on Thursday, February 15, 2018.
The complete requirements and guidelines are below.
Applications which are late or incomplete.
Application forms reflecting anything other than the current grant year.
Applications requesting an amount which exceeds the maximum amount allowed for the
program type/category (i.e. individual grant awards will range from $1,000 to $15,000 – please
see amount and category details below).
Applications seeking funding to provide budget relief or cover something other than (1) free or
(i.e. we do not fund equipment, apparel, marketing/promotional materials, etc.)
Applications requesting funds for re-granting purposes.
Applications which request funding for a program that does not meet the requirements of the
Make a Splash Local Partner program (i.e. exceeding maximum student to instructor ratios, insufficient instruction time, the provision of scholarships for children with no documented financial need).
Applications that do not properly address that funding is coming from the USA Swimming Foundation.
Guidelines for Local Partners who have received funding for three (3) consecutive years:
The Local Partner may be awarded grant funds for a maximum of three (3) consecutive years (consecutive years will be counted beginning with the year 2012), unless, the program can show proof of consistent growth. The USA Swimming Foundation will not fund programs that are solely reliant on USA Swimming Foundation funds for more than three (3) consecutive years.
To be eligible to reapply following a year off, or to apply for funding for the fourth (4th) consecutive year, the Local Partner must provide proof of:
Program growth (i.e. an increase in the number of children served, number of schools served, etc.).
Outside funding sources specific to the program for which you are requesting funds (i.e. nonUSA Swimming Foundation funding).
This information will be requested when filling out the grant application form.
Grant Submission Instructions and Timeline: All grant applications must be received by 5pm PST on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Please refer to
these guidelines as you fill out the application. This year’s application link and grant guidelines will be housed on the USA Swimming Foundation website. Please note that you can save your work and return at a later date/time to officially submit your application. To do this, click the save button at the bottom right hand corner of the form and enter your e-mail address; and an e-mail will be sent with a link to retrieve your application draft.
The timeline is as follows:
Please briefly describe this project. If awarded this grant, how will you use this money?
How many children are expected to be affected by this project? How will you recruit
How will this program directly benefit children who would not otherwise receive the
opportunity to learn to swim? How will your program quantify and identify the need of
program participants? What criteria will you use to select scholarship recipients?
Describe the educational setting (logistics/parameters etc.) in which your project will take place. Projects should follow the requirements of the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make
a Splash Local Partner program (minimum of 4 hours of in-water instruction and a
maximum of a 6:1 student to instructor ratio).
Are there other organizations involved in the project? Does your program have
community participation? How will the involvement of these partners strengthen your
What are the expected results of this project? How will you know if this project was
successful? What metrics will you use to evaluate project success?
What other resources/funding sources are committed to this project? Do you have commitments of support (financial or otherwise) from other organizations? Are you pursuing outside support? Is there a viable plan to raise additional money if you do not receive funding, or only receive partial funding from the USA Swimming Foundation?
What is the planned duration of this project? If ongoing, is the project sustainable without future USA Swimming Foundation funding?
What is your projected cost per participant? Our Grant Review Committee will rank applications highest that show spending in the most cost-effective manner.
j. Please complete and upload the USA Swimming Foundation grant budget spreadsheet representing total project cost and how USA Swimming Foundation funds will be allocated to the grant application where indicated.
Amount and Category Details: Please review the following category details to select your program’s appropriate request amount.
Large Municipality, YMCA Association, or private entity contracted by a municipal agency to operate
on their behalf where municipal swim lessons would otherwise not be in operation:
Small Municipality, YMCA Association, or private entity contracted by a municipal agency to operate
on their behalf where municipal swim lessons would otherwise not be in operation:
Population served: less than 250,000
Local Partners in this category: municipalities, county organizations, parks and recreation
departments, YMCA Associations and school districts
1-5 pools: Local Partner is eligible to apply for up to $5,000
6 + pools: Local Partner is eligible to apply for up to $10,000
Must specify in application which pools will receive grant money, and specifically where it will be
Any non-profit that is not also a municipality, or operating on behalf of a municipality, county
organization or school district
Local Partners in this category: YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs and privately founded nonprofits
Each Local Partner is eligible to apply for up to $5,000
Local Partners in this category: any for-profit swim lesson provider • Each Local Partner is eligible
to apply for up to $5,000
*YMCA Association or private entity contracted by a municipal agency to operate on their behalf where municipal swim lessons would otherwise not be in operation: The Make a Splash Local Partner must provide proof of operation on behalf of the municipality; acceptable documentation includes a copy of the agreement/contract between the Local Partner program and the municipal agency, and/or a signed letter from the municipality clarifying the relationship between the two entities and reflecting the agency’s reliance on the Local Partner to provide swim lessons for the community. In this circumstance, ONLY the Make a Splash Local Partner may be offering swim lessons.
Please note: If the Local Partner is offering swim lessons in conjunction with or in addition to the municipality for whom they provide services, grant funds may be revoked and the Local Partner may be deemed ineligible for future grant funding.
Houston, Texas Grants
In 2018, a generous donation from Phillips 66 will allow $100,000 to be awarded specifically to USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner programs in the Houston, Texas metro area. All
Make a Splash Local Partner eligibility requirements remain the same with the exception of consecutive award year limits as outlined below:
Consecutive award year limits for Houston, TX grants:
Houston, Texas Local Partner programs may apply for grant funding in any given year, however upon the fourth (4th) consecutive year (beginning with 2012), and each repeating four-year cycle, the Local Partner program must provide proof of:
Hennepin County, Minnesota Grants
In 2018, the USA Swimming Foundation will invest at least $35,000 in grants to help its Make a Splash Local Partner Programs in Hennepin County, Minnesota provide services to young people who, otherwise, would not have the opportunity to participate in swimming lessons. Individual grant awards will range from $1,000 to $15,000, in support of 2018 spring and summer learn-to-swim programming. See amount and category details to determine a reasonable request amount for each program.
Please note: All Hennepin County applicants will be required to submit an additional questionnaire regarding the use of creative approaches to serving underserved youth through swim lessons.
The Air Force swim and dive teams were scheduled to take on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas on Saturday, but those meets have been postponed due to the federal government shutdown.
“Due to the government shutdown, all Air Force Academy home and away intercollegiate athletic events have been cancelled until further notice,” read a statement posted on the Academy’s website. “In the event a solution is reached, the Academy will work to reschedule as many missed events as possible.”
The federal government was shut down late Friday night after the U.S. Congress could not come to an agreement over funding of the federal government. According to an ABC News report, most non-essential military and Department of Defense action is put on hold, and nearly 20,000 employees will be furloughed until the shutdown ends.
An athletic spokesman for the Naval Academy told ESPN that all Navy athletic events would continue Saturday, but Navy’s swim teams were not scheduled to compete.
Army was scheduled to compete in swimming at George Mason University (with Boston University and American’s women’s teams also in attendance). It’s unclear if the Golden Knight will still take part in that meet, and Swimming World has reached out to Army for clarification.
Read a full statement from the Air Force Academy about the cancellation here, and read more from ESPN here.
In the last state meet before the Australian Commonwealth Trials, the Australian women put on some solid in-season racing on Saturday night in Sydney at the New South Wales State Championships. 16-year-old Kaylee McKeown and 23-year-old Emma McKeon posted solid times in the 100 back and 100 fly respectively. Both McKeown and McKeon are some of the best swimmers in the world and are looking to get their 2018’s off to a good start.
Kaylee McKeown posted a sub-minute 100 backstroke on Saturday night in Sydney. McKeown holds the World Junior Record in the 200 back and got her 100 time down to a 59.67. She won ahead of a solid young field that did not include Emily Seebohm.
Emma McKeon had one of the best meets at the World Championships in Budapest where she won two individual silver medals. McKeon got her 2018 started with a 57.59 in the 100 fly. McKeon swam a 57.59 on Saturday night and finished ahead of South Korean An Sehyeon who also finaled in Budapest in the event.
Cate Campbell has been one of the big names of the meet as she swam a 52.37 in the 100 free final on Friday night. She continued her strong meet with a 24.15 in the 50 free ahead of her sister Bronte Campbell (24.71) and 16-year-old Japanese swimmer Sayuki Ouchi (25.32). Campbell’s time tied the meet record that Libby Trickett set in 2009.
Last autumn saw the very first Colnago owners’ day in the UK — CW joined the Italophiles in Gloucestershire to ask them what makes their bikes so special
– Photos by Jesse Wild
Colnago Owner’s Day 2017 Credit: Jesse Wild
“I was on Twitter one day and I saw another brand talk about an owners’ ride and it looked very kind of… not amateur but not very organised,” recalls Yanto Barker in his famously languid way. So the former pro and owner of the Le Col clothing brand decided to do something about it.
“I thought, we should do that. Ten times as well. I have a good relationship with Windwave who distribute Colnago, I ride a Colnago, have been sponsored by them and I know they’re a brand that has the most loyal following of any in the industry — so there should be a Colnago day.”
And so there was a Colnago day. On September 30 last year around 160 owners plus WorldTour pro Ben Swift, who rides a Colnago as the team bike of UAE Emirates, gathered on the manicured lawn of Chavenage House near Tetbury in Gloucestershire.
Barker had lined up a programme of events to celebrate the iconic Italian brand that included a 40-mile ride-out from Chavenage, an al fresco champagne lunch afterwards followed by a Q&A with Ben Swift hosted by cycling-mad TV presenter Matt Barbet.
“It’s just a cool, cool brand — it really is,” enthuses Barker. “There are bikes here that have been ridden throughout cycling history. And to have it here in this place that’s also steeped in history and culture…”
Chavenage House also happens to be steeped in cycling: the heir to the Chavenage estate is 25-year-old James Lowsley-Williams who rides for Eisberg-Canyon. Lowsley-Williams clearly relished hosting the Colnago day and was involved from start to finish, not only riding with the Colnago owners but also clearing up the paper plates from under their chairs after the Q&A.
Colnago owner’s day
“I wasn’t surprised by the level of Colnago fandom,” says Barker. “The head office in Italy were also really positive. It’s my ambition with Le Col to live up to that same standard — my aspiration is to be seen in the same way — so it’s really good for us.”
Was Ernesto Colnago himself tempted to make the journey from Cambiago to Chavenage?
“Windwave were at Eurobike and talked to Ernesto about it and he said, ‘Ah, I might come.’ But they were like, no, just give us this first year to iron out everything… and just come next year. So it wouldn’t be a surprise if he turns up next year.”
Neil Nash-Williams, 1974 Colnago Mexico ‘Ruby’
“Most of us in the Cicli Artigianali club are in Gaiole [at L’Eroica] at the moment and I’m in Gloucestershire which isn’t quite the same! My silly moustache was grown for that.
“Why is it called Ruby? It’s got inserts in the brakes where they’ve drilled it out and filled in a red section. You’ve got to call it something, haven’t you?
“We’ve done two of the full-distance Gaiole Eroicas — a 212km off-road ride. Never had a puncture. It’s got Royce hubs, very rare and the first time they did internal bearings — they’re brass. It’s all Super Record, everything on it was available at the time.
“It’s an undeniably brilliant ride. Every time I get on that bike I’m like, ‘oh, I’m home’. It’s like putting on an old favourite pair of shoes. It hurts me sometimes but all your bikes hurt you in some way, don’t they? But somehow I forgive Ruby more than I do the others.
“I got Ruby through the club — we help each other source things. Obviously finding a period chrome frame is so unusual. I identified what I was looking for and then we researched every conceivable way of finding it. We have a lot of contacts. The shifters are from Australia and are all pantographed.
“The fact that somebody has actually made this and filed away all these little bits and then filled it. In a world where everything is so mass-produced it’s wonderful to find that bespoke, artisan kind of concept still. Increasingly people are gravitating towards that again. If we go up Box Hill on these we’re mobbed. People are not so keen to talk about a modern bike. “Oh, I couldn’t afford that,” you know. So it’s funny how it transcends all that.
“Amazingly, Bob, who does most of the sourcing, had the bits together in about six weeks. And it’s got to be all spot-on. You don’t want somebody saying, ‘That rear mech is wrong, mate.’”
Yanto Barker, 2017 Colnago Concept
“This is my absolute favourite bike here. They’re all nice bikes — I did ride a red, white and blue Tommy Voeckler national champion-edition C59 in 2010. But the Colnago Concept is the best bike I’ve ever ridden.
I still like riding fast — I’m retiring gradually. One step at a time.”
Steffi Smith, 1982 Colnago Mexico
“It belongs to a friend of mine, Geoff, and I’ve used it in the Eroica, 2014. It’s just a beautiful bike. I love riding it.
“I think it’s a 1982 Mexico but it’s the round tubes and it’s got the braze-on front mech which signifies 1982. It’s Super Record throughout. Pantographed chainset, pantographed 3T bars and stem. The only thing that isn’t Super Record are the Simplex shifters. In the Eighties everyone put them on because they were better than the Campagnolo ones.
“I’ve got the Super Record pedals but we’ve just put these [clipless] on today because they’re a bit easier to use really.
“These are Mavic MA40 wheels with Campagnolo hubs. The actual wheels are Ambrosio Durex rims on Super Record hubs but you don’t want to be riding on tubs today.
“The bike came from America. It’s got the serial number in the dropout — as the market there required.”
Chris Netherclift, 1992 Colnago Carbitubo
Chris Netherclift’s Colnago Carbitubo
“Cicli Artigianali is a club that we set up about two years ago. We’ve got lots of old bikes and we wanted to put them on a website, show them off, let’s go for a ride… and two years later we’ve got 200 people and 300 bikes on the site. The important bit is that we’re taking the bikes out and riding them, not just hanging them on the wall.
“I’ve got the Carbitubo, the first carbon Colnago. It comes from a time before they had the knowledge to make a carbon monocoque but it’s a fantastic ride. I’ve had it about 12 months and built it up. You see the Mapei team bikes regularly but not the black and red style with the split down tube.
“It’s got Shamals, C-Record groupset, nine speed, and it’s just as Campagnolo moved to the first set of Ergo levers that weighed a ton. It’s aerodynamic but it weighs so much that it negates it!
Mass ride – and all of them on Colnagos
“People want modern bikes because you can ride them into the ground and forget about them, but bikes like this evoke a memory of a bygone era… or when you were a child you saw a picture of Eddy Merckx on a Molteni. People want that bit of childhood back.
“Colnago is a classic Italian brand that is still available. It’s the memory of the classic riders. People want to feel that they’ve got a part of that history when they buy a Colnago. We’ve lost a lot of the English builders.
The Italians have that style that people appreciate and it comes out in the bikes.”
Andrew Simpkins, 2015 Colnago Master
“They still make the Master and it will take an 11-speed groupset, so I can put Dura-Ace on it and you get the benefit of a modern groupset with a steel frame. So it’s really nice. I’ve only owned this one two years from new but I’ve had Colnagos for 20 years — the C40s, 50s, 60s, the carbon ones.
“I bought this one because when I first really got into cycling Mapei were the big pro team so it’s an exercise in nostalgia.
“You ride carbon frames and you think, well they’re bound to be better, but you can understand why they built frames out of this kind of steel for so many years because it’s comfortable, it’s got a springy sort of feel to it.
“I race on a C60 because that’s what you’re supposed to do, but when I just want to go out for a ride it’s this one. I have four Colnagos altogether. A C40, a C59 and a C60.
“What do I like about Colnago? The paint. Some of the Art Décor colour schemes are lovely.”
Steve Hiscock, 2016 Colnago C60
“I had an M10 at first, really loved it, then came into a bit of money and thought right, I’ll get one of these as well.
“The M10 was not only my first Colnago, it was my first road bike, so I’ve always had Colnagos — a nice situation to be in! Just deciding what colour to get next. I liked the OTT-ness of it but now… we’ll see. I bought it as the frame and then built it up. My choice for the groupset was to sell the M10 and buy Campag ESP or keep the M10 and just get Shimano [Ultegra], which is what I ended up doing.”
Mick Ives, 2017 Colnago C60
“This year  I did the whole Giro route on this bike. I started two days ahead of the pros and finished one day ahead. We raised a lot of money for four British charities.
“Peter Nisbet and Windwave have been my sponsors for many years [Ives is 78]. So as the distributors for Colnago they put it to Ernesto. He was up for it and agreed to supply a C60. He insisted on designing the colour scheme himself and was particularly pleased that it would be used in the Tour of Italy.
“I didn’t quite know what I was going to get but it’s beautiful. I rode it through the entire Giro and never had a spot of bother with it.
“He was so chuffed with the colour scheme that he’s now included that in the C60 range.
“I flew out a few weeks afterwards to meet him and spend some time with him. He showed me around the factory and it was a real pleasure. I signed one of the jerseys I had used and left it with him and he in turn produced a very large book about Colnago that he signed. It’s one of my most treasured possessions because let’s face it, in the cycling world he’s God, isn’t he?”
Despite the convincing scoreline he was not at his best on Margaret Court Arena and was often frustrated on court.
However, he closed out the match in two hours, 23 minutes and progresses to face 21-year-old South Korean Hyeon Chung, who is making his first appearance in the last 16 of a Grand Slam.
There were early opportunities on the Djokovic serve for Ramos-Vinolas, but the Spaniard was the first to be broken, in the fourth game, as the Serb took the first set.
At points it looked like a regulation match for Djokovic but concerns for his chances were raised when he called for the trainer with the score 2-1 in the second set.
He continued to hobble and stretch his left leg following the treatment but fought off four break points for Vinolas-Ramos at 4-2 in the second set to maintain his advantage, after which the match always looked to be going in Djokovic’s favour.
Federer comfortably extended his record over Gasquet to 17-2, with the Frenchman only ever having beaten the 19-time Grand Slam champion on clay.
Gasquet, 31, was behind almost immediately in Saturday’s night session and failed to muster a single break point until late in the third set, when he clawed his way back to 4-4.
Federer slammed the door shut on any sustained comeback, however, clinching victory with a brilliant return game after one hour and 59 minutes with two backhand winners.
Rebecca Dorst during her playing days at UCLA. Photo Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
By Michael Randazzo, Swimming World Contributor
Editor’s Note: this month Swimming World opens its coverage of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Varsity Water Polo season. Look for interviews, conference predictions and the best coverage of the sport in America and beyond.
The news out of Princeton two weeks ago was stunning: Luis Nicolao, who over two decades had led Tiger men’s and women’s water polo teams to a combined 868 wins, was departing for Navy, his alma mater. This opened up two coaching vacancies at one of the East’s best programs; fortunately Princeton has a depth of talent in its coaching ranks, including assistant women’s coach Rebecca Dorst.
Photo Courtesy: Princeton Athletics
Now responsible for the day-to-day coaching of the Princeton women’s team, which opens its season on February 2 against the host Sun Devils in the Arizona State Challenge, Dorst is no stranger to water polo success. As a four-year letter-winner at UCLA, where the Bruins posted a 105-23 overall record, she produced 92 goals, 23 assists and 87 steals. As a senior in 2014, the Menlo Park, CA native generated 36 goals and 33 steals, earned ACWPC honorable mention All-America honors, and helped the Bruins to a national runner-up finish.
The Dorst family has enjoyed remarkable success in the sport; father Chris backstopped Stanford to a national title in 1976 and played for the U.S. in the 1984 Olympics, while sister Emily won an NCAA title in 2014 with The Cardinal —accomplished by a 9-5 victory over her sister’s UCLA squad — and again in 2015.
Swimming World caught up with Dorst last week by email about the sudden turn of events that made her a head coach, life at Princeton without all-world goalie Ashleigh Johnson, who graduated last May, and the impact of the legendary John Wooden on her life and coaching.
– In a day, you go from assistant to head coach at one of the East’s best women’s water polo programs. How do you process all this change and how ready are you for this new challenge?
I’ve been around water polo my whole life, so filling in as head coach has been a natural and easy transition. The girls are super motivated for season, so with their support and the many lessons learned from Luis over the years, I know we will be just fine!
– As it happens, you HAVE been a head coach before; Luis Nicolao was red carded in last year’s CWPA Championship match and you had to coach the Tigers. How much will you and your players miss the irrepressible Nicolao?
Luis Nicolao. Photo Courtesy: M. Randazzo
Hahaha! Honestly, I think Luis will always have a lasting impact on this program. Since he won’t be coaching women while at Navy, he’s already claimed that he will be our teams biggest fan… but we have some of the most incredible parents, so I imagine they may fight him for that title!
He has a huge personality though, so I am confident the relationship between Luis Nicolao and Princeton will continue to thrive.
– Another equally devastating loss is that of Ashleigh Johnson, the Tigers’ all-world goalie. What does the graduation of the best water polo player in Princeton history — and first player from the East to win a Cutino Award — mean and how do you replace her?
Every year we have to replace players, it’s a part of college life. One thing Princeton has proven over the years is its ability to remain competitive. No doubt Ashleigh is a big loss, but the team has been working hard to make defense one of our biggest assets. I can’t wait to see them in action.
Ashleigh Johnson. Photo Courtesy: USA TODAY Sports
– You are no stranger to success in water polo; as a member of the UCLA women’s water polo team (2011 – 2014) you earned All-America honors while going to the 2014 NCAA title game. How will your success as a Bruin help as you lead your own team?
Believe it or not, this year we have just started reading from John Wooden’s book. His mentality and definition of success have been a huge part of my life. I’ve been trying to implement Wooden’s “pursuit of the journey” into our practices.
Playing at a school like UCLA taught me how to be a student of the game and I’ve tried to maintain a student-like mentality in the way I coach. I am always looking for ways I can better communicate, direct and encourage the young women around me. I do my best to address and take responsibility for my mistakes, but because my focus is always forward I move on when it’s time to move on. UCLA and Wooden have taught me the importance of self-discipline and hard work… no one knows if you are giving 100% but yourself.
– The Tigers — picked 18th in the CWPA Preseason Women’s Varsity Poll — have the talent to again be competitive in the East. What will it take for Princeton to earn an NCAA berth in 2018?
Hard work, patience and a strong trust in our team’s defense. Our goal every year is to play the best polo we can in April and that is what we are working on now. While we are extremely excited to start competing, we also know it’s a long season. There are a lot of small, but important things that I don’t want us to overlook.
It may be more fun for the girls to start season scrimmaging every day, but we are doing our best to build up our conditioning, leg strength and body health so we have the freedom to learn the game more without setbacks at the end of season. Our goal is to be ready to play our best when our best is needed.
The 30-year-old is coached by Wim Fissette after the Belgian split with Johanna Konta at the end of last year, and she arrived in Melbourne having won the Sydney title.
Her speed of foot and ability to return Sharapova’s pace with interest left the Russian struggling from the outset.
A fizzing return at Sharapova’s feet brought an immediate break of serve and a roar of “Come on!” followed after a backhand winner took her 3-1 clear.
The harder and flatter Sharapova tried to hit the ball, the quicker it came back at her.
Kerber raced through six straight games, taking the first set in 29 minutes and breaking at the start of the second.
Sharapova needed a helping hand and she got it when Kerber finally made a string of errors to hand the advantage back.
It was only the 21st seed’s brilliant defence that prevented her falling a break down at 3-3 as Sharapova threatened a sustained challenge.
A fist pump followed that crucial hold and Sharapova’s resistance was broken once and for all, a poor drop shot and a netted forehand giving up a fifth break of serve before Kerber closed it out on her second match point.
The defending champion had banked on his trademark attack to secure overall victory but didn’t bet on dark horse Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), who finished second to tie with Porte on overall time and now leads the race on countback.
Porte was gracious in victory and defeat behind the podium where he spoke with press, looking much further afield than the final podium of the WorldTour opener.
“I had a tough end of last year so to be up here and win Willunga for a fifth time in a row, I have to say I’m happy but of course I would have loved to win the overall,” Porte said.
The 32-year-old was billed as Froome’s greatest challenger at the Tour de France last year, but crashed out of stage nine with a broken collarbone and pelvis.
The Tour Down Under has doubled as the Australian’s return to stage racing following the high-speed collision and tedious recovery.
“I have a fantastic bunch of people around me, from my team to wife and family,” he said.
“It has been a tough time, it was a nasty crash, it knocked me around, but I think I can have maybe the best season of my career, and I’m motivated for that.”
Porte sits second in a tie-break with Impey, which is unlikely to change in the final flat stage of the race in downtown Adelaide on Sunday.
“Daryl is quick, he’s been second two times in the stages here against guys like [Peter] Sagan so realistically I don’t really have a chance to move up” he said.
“If I start going then Caleb Ewan and guys like this are going to go for the intermediates too. I’m happy with where I am all things considered.”