Porte pedals his way to the front in Porto-Vecchio

TWO weeks after becoming the first Aussie to win the Paris-Nice Cycling Classic, Tasmanian Richie Porte pedalled into contention in the two-day Criterium International in Porto-Vecchio, Corsica.

The Team Sky rider was the overall leader heading into the final 176km stage overnight. Defending champion Cadel Evans was 68th, 45 seconds behind Porte.

Meanwhile Victorian Simon Gerrans (GreenEDGE) has powered to victory in the sixth stage of the Tour of Catalonia - Ireland's Daniel Martin held a 17-second lead overall heading into the seventh and final stage, a 122.2km ride from El Vendrell to Barcelona.