Richie Porte: 'I struggled to deal with heat'

Australia's Richie Porte sprints before the finish line at the end of the 32 km individual time-trial and seventeenth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 17, 2013
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Richie Porte admits that he found it difficult to deal with the hot conditions as Team Sky struggled in stage 13 of the Tour de France.

Richie Porte has admitted that his inability to deal with the hot conditions on Friday was the key factor in a disappointing stage 13 for Team Sky.

The Australian begin the day second in the overall standings behind Vincenzo Nibali, who managed to record another stage victory, but his struggles saw him fall over 11 minutes behind his rival on his way to the summit finish at Chamrousse.

"I don't think I dealt with the heat very well," Porte told reporters. "It's one of those things. It's a massive shame, but we will see what happens tomorrow.

"I feel more for my teammates, who have been brilliant for me every day. If it happens to me, it can happen to other guys too. We will just keep on pushing."

Porte, who became Team Sky's race leader after injury forced Chris Froome to pull out, is now 16th in the standings.

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