Richie Porte's second place finish behind winner Primož Roglič in TT finale at Tour de Romandie claims the race for the 32-year-old

BMC’s Richie Porte used his superior time trialling skills to leapfrog stage 4 winner and overall leader Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) to become the first Australian to win Tour de Romandie since Cadel Evans last did so in 2011 — the same year the now-retired BMC rider won the Tour de France.

Evans also won Romandie in 2006, as did fellow Aussie Phil Anderson in 1989.

The 32-year-old Tasmanian trailed the 24-year-old Briton by 19 seconds entering the 18.3-kilometer individual time trial in Lausanne. However, the 2015 national time trial champion finished the ITT in a time of 25 minutes 6 seconds — 8 seconds behind stage winner Primož Roglič (LottoNL-Jumbo) of Slovenia.

“It’s a massive shock to be honest,” said Le Tour-bound Porte. “I didn’t think I’d be able to claw that much time back from the time trial. Tip my hat to my teammates firstly for all the work they’ve done this week.

“Yates, I think he’s a super talent. He rolled me yesterday in the stage, so it was sweet to get a victory. He won the battle, but I won the war a little bit there. It’s just nice to keep the momentum rolling for July.”

Yates finished second overall 21 seconds back, with Roglič in third (+0:26).

On stage 4, the British climbing specialist put over a minute between himself and previous overall leader Fabio Felline after a decisive break at the 5km mark before outsprinting Porte to the line.

Britain’s Chris Froome, preparing for an assault on a fourth Tour de France, was 1min 15sec off the pace on the day and finished 18th on general classification (+1:55).

Stage 5 results

General classification