Porte wins stage 4 of Paris-Nice; Sky teammate Thomas 2nd

CROIX DE CHAUBOURET, France (AP) — Climbing specialist Richie Porte of Australia won Thursday’s hilly fourth stage of the Paris-Nice race, while Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski finished third to take the overall lead.

Porte’s Sky team dominated on the first climbs of the week-long race, with Porte’s teammate Geraint Thomas placing second.

Porte, the 2013 champion, completed the 204-kilometer (126.8-mile) ride from Varennes-sur-Allier to Croix de Chaubouret in 5 hours, 19 minutes, with Thomas recording the same time and Kwiatkowski eight seconds adrift.

Kwiatkowski, who won Sunday’s prologue, took the race leader’s yellow jersey from Australian Michael Matthews, the overnight leader.

Porte just missed out on the yellow jersey and is one second behind, with Thomas three seconds back.