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RICHIE Porte has fallen from third to 12th overall in the Giro d’Italia after another team’s rider helped him mend a puncture, costing him a two-minute penalty.
The tyre change in the final kilometres on Tuesday meant Porte fell further behind Spaniard Alberto Contador who has held onto the overall lead after the 10th stage.
Italian rider Nicola Boem won the almost entirely flat stage after getting into an early breakaway that reached the finish. Porte had to change the tyre and dropped behind the main pack, losing 47 seconds to the general classification leaders.
He was subsequently penalised another two minutes after the Sky rider was helped by fellow Australian Simon Clarke from the Orica team to mend the puncture — race rules forbid riders from different teams helping rivals.
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