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Richie Porte gains confidence from fifth-place finish in the Tour de France

Richie Porte was within touching distance of the podium ahead of stage 20, but settled for fifth overall in wet conditions in Morzine

Richie Porte Gains Confidence From Fifth-place Finish In The Tour De France

Richie Porte on stage 20 of the 2016 Tour de France (Watson)

Richie Porte1 has sought confidence from his first Tour de France2 as a title contender and outside his comfort zone at Team Sky3 with new team BMC. The 31-year-old left Sky this season to join BMC4 primarily for his own pursuit of the maillot jaune after previously supporting both Bradley Wiggins5 and Chris Froome6 to respective victories. Porte rolled into rain-soaked Morzine cold and with bloodshot eyes that denoted a tough final day in the Alps7, which he played safe to maintain fifth overall on the general classification.

The Australian had started the penultimate stage of the Tour8 within striking distance of the podium, which he was intent on, but couldn t better the tempo his old teammates set on the Col de Joux Plane, nor justify taking risks on the wet and treacherous descent into the Alpine village.

I think coming down off those descents before the Col de Joux Plane everybody was frozen solid. The Joux Plane is not an easy climb but the pace they set was quite hard to do anything from, he said outside the team bus following a trip to doping control. Porte finished stage 20 with the yellow jersey group9 and with tomorrow s finale to Paris being processional for the climbers will be able to celebrate at the very least a career best performance at the race.

A few times there I had a little bit of bad luck but I think it s exciting for next year. Hopefully I can come back, give it another crack and see what I can do, he said. Porte is five minutes and 17 seconds in arrears of Froome, who just 12 months ago he was supporting to a win.

A good portion of that deficit was due to an untimely mechanical in stage two where he lost almost two minutes.

Without that he would have been very, very dangerous, Tour director Christian Prudhomme10 said.

Sometimes people say when you re out of Team Sky you re not as good but that s not the case with Richie Porte. The all-rounder entered the Tour as a co-leader at BMC alongside Tejay van Garderen11, who faded in the final week. He will now focus on his next target, the road race at the Rio Olympic Games in August.


  1. ^ Richie Porte (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ BMC (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Bradley Wiggins (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ a tough final day in the Alps (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ started the penultimate stage of the Tour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ finished stage 20 with the yellow jersey group (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ Tour director Christian Prudhomme (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ Tejay van Garderen (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

‘Back to the Future’: 30 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About the Time-Travel Classic

'Back To The Future': 30 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About The Time-Travel ClassicSince its release 30 years ago, “Back to the Future”1 has been everyone’s favorite time-travel m2ovie3. It’s remained a must-see long enough for Marty McFly’s own kids to enjoy it.

Even so, there’s much you may not know about the beloved sci-fi comedy, from the unused ideas that popped up in other films, to why there has yet to (thankfully) be a reboot. To celebrate Back to the Future Day (October 21), here are 30 things you need to know about Marty McFly’s first trip through time.
'Back To The Future': 30 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About The Time-Travel Classic1. Director Robert Zemeckis4 and co-screenwriter Bob Gale (pictured above) tried for years to create a time-travel story. The key came in 1980, when Gale was looking over his father’s high school yearbook and wondered whether he and his father would have been friends if they’d both been teenagers at the same time. 2. Zemeckis and Gale took their idea to Steven Spielberg, who’d already made three movies with them (“I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “1941,” and “Used Cars”). Spielberg liked the idea, but the pair held off, fearing that they’d get a reputation in Hollywood as filmmakers who only got work because of their relationship with Spielberg.

3. According to Gale, the pair pitched the script 40 times without success. Disney rejected the idea as too Oedipal. Columbia, on the other hand, felt the film wasn’t sexy enough. (This was the era of “Porky’s” and the teen sex comedy.) Only after Zemeckis had a hit on his own, his 1984 work-for-hire “Romancing the Stone5,” did the director have the clout to get “Back to the Future” made — at Universal, with Spielberg producing.

4. Then-Universal chief Sid Sheinberg wanted the heroine’s mother renamed Lorraine, after his wife, “Jaws” star Lorraine Gary. He also wanted the film’s title changed to “Spaceman from Pluto,” reportedly believing that no film with the word “future” in the title could be a hit. Zemeckis and Gale accepted the first request but rejected the second.

5. Marty McFly was named after a production assistant Zemeckis and Gale had known on the set of “Used Cars.”
'Back To The Future': 30 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About The Time-Travel Classic6. Bullying villain Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson, pictured) was named for Ned Tanen, a studio executive Zemeckis and Gale had clashed with during the making of “Used Cars.” 7. To play Marty, the filmmakers wanted Michael J. Fox6, but he was unavailable due to his commitment to his hit NBC sitcom, “Family Ties.” Instead, they hired Eric Stoltz, fresh from his star-making dramatic performance in “Mask.” As the shoot progressed, however, it became clear to the filmmakers that Stoltz wasn’t working out. His performance was too “heavy” and lacked the comic energy they were looking for. Five weeks into the shoot, Zemeckis made the painful decision to fire the actor7 and replace him with Fox, who had arranged to shoot “Family Ties” during the day and “Back to the Future” at night.

You can see some of the extant footage of Stoltz as Marty, along with the filmmakers discussing his firing, in this video8. 8. Crispin Glover,9 who played Marty’s father, is actually three years younger than Fox. 9. Christopher Lloyd10 landed the role of Marty’s inventor pal, Doc Brown, beating out his “Buckaroo Banzai” co-star John Lithgow, as well as Dudley Moore and Jeff Goldblum.

10. Einstein, Doc’s dog and the time machine’s first test pilot, was originally written as a chimp. 11. Lea Thompson was cast as Marty’s mother because the filmmakers liked her chemistry with Stoltz in the movie “The Wild Life.”
'Back To The Future': 30 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About The Time-Travel Classic12. Yes, that’s Billy Zane11 (far left), in his first feature role, as one of teenage Biff’s thug pals. 13. Melora Hardin, best known for playing Jan on NBC’s “The Office,” was originally cast as Marty’s girlfriend, Jennifer. It would have been a big break for her, but before she’d shot a single scene, Stoltz was fired, and she was fired too because she was so much taller than Fox. Claudia Wells was hired in her place. 14. The famous Hill Valley clock tower, so pivotal to the plot, stands on Courthouse Square, a set on the Universal backlot that’s been used in such famous films as “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the Spielberg-produced “Gremlins.” After its use in the “BTTF” trilogy, it popped up again on TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and in the movie “Bruce Almighty.”

15. Originally, Gale’s time machine was a stationary box — a refrigerator, in fact. To harness the power needed to make it travel through time, there was to be a scene where the fridge (with Marty inside), was taken to a nuclear test site in Nevada, where Doc Brown would somehow capture the energy from an atomic explosion. Zemeckis ultimately rejected this idea, fearing that impressionable kids would accidentally lock themselves in refrigerators and suffocate. But producer Spielberg liked the fridge-nuking idea enough to use it 23 years later in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” 16. Instead, Zemeckis came up with the idea of a mobile time machine, which led to the idea of using a DeLorean. The gull-wing-door car, already something of a time capsule joke even in 1985, was ideal, Zemeckis figured, because it could easily be mistaken for a flying saucer.

17. The filmmakers had a product-placement deal with Pepsi (there’s even a Pepsi Free joke written into the script). The cola bottler objected to a similar joke about Tab (a product of rival soda maker Coca-Cola), but the filmmakers refused to cut it.
'Back To The Future': 30 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About The Time-Travel Classic18. For Marty’s all-important rock ‘n’ roll performance at the school dance, Fox learned to mimic the guitar moves with his hands, but his showboating solo was dubbed by guitarist Tim May. His vocals were dubbed by singer Mark Campbell of Jack Mack and the Heart Attack.

19. Remarkably, there are only 32 special-effects shots in the movie. 20. “Back to the Future” cost $19 million to make, including the $3 million spent on re-shooting the Stoltz footage. 21. Zemeckis was worried that the movie’s box office would suffer because Fox was unavailable to promote it, having to be in London shooting a “Family Ties” special.

22. In fact, the film earned $211 million and became the top-grossing movie of 1985.
'Back To The Future': 30 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About The Time-Travel Classic23. The film was No.

1 on the box office charts for 11 of 12 weeks throughout the summer of 1985. (It was knocked out of the top spot once, by “National Lampoon’s European Vacation,” but then it returned.) 24. “Future” was nominated for four Oscars. It won the prize for Best Sound Effects Editing.

It was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Original Song, for Huey Lewis’ “The Power of Love.” 25. President Ronald Reagan was a fan of the film, even appreciating Doc’s joke at his expense. Six months after the film’s release, during the 1986 State of the Union address, Reagan quoted Doc’s famous line: “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”

26. Claudia Wells dropped out of the sequels, reportedly to take care of her cancer-stricken mother, which is why she was replaced with Elisabeth Shue.
'Back To The Future': 30 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About The Time-Travel Classic27. Crispin Glover also didn’t appear in the sequels because of a salary dispute. Glover claims he was being given less than half of what the other principals were being offered. He also has said he believes his notoriously demented guest appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman” scared the filmmakers away. Nonetheless, he eventually reconciled with Zemeckis and played Grendel in the director’s motion-capture epic, “Beowulf.” 28. For his stand-up comedy performances, Tom Wilson composed a song12 that answers all the annoying questions people have asked him whenever they recognize him as Biff. 29. Zemeckis and Gale are preparing a stage musical version of “Back to the Future,” due to premiere in London later this year.

30. As far as a film reboot is concerned, however, Zemeckis and Gale have said it will happen over their dead bodies. They mean that literally, as they made sure their Universal contract stipulated that no one could remake the film while either of them is still alive.

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  1. ^ “Back to the Future” (www.moviefone.com)
  2. ^ everyone’s favorite time-travel m (news.moviefone.com)
  3. ^ ovie (news.moviefone.com)
  4. ^ Robert Zemeckis (www.moviefone.com)
  5. ^ “Romancing the Stone (news.moviefone.com)
  6. ^ Michael J.

    Fox (www.moviefone.com)

  7. ^ Zemeckis made the painful decision to fire the actor (news.moviefone.com)
  8. ^ this video (youtu.be)
  9. ^ Crispin Glover, (www.moviefone.com)
  10. ^ Christopher Lloyd (www.moviefone.com)
  11. ^ Billy Zane (www.moviefone.com)
  12. ^ song (youtu.be)

Hotels.com Hotel Price Index Highlights Alternate Vacation Destinations Under $100 Per Night

Hotels.com Hotel Price Index Highlights Alternate Vacation Destinations Under 0 Per Night

Latest Hotels.com Hotel Price Index reveals budget-friendly beach towns, ski villages and metropolitan suburbs in the U.S. for an average of under $100 per night

U.S. hotel prices paid were up 2% in the first half of 2015 for worldwide travelers, but there is still value to be found

DALLAS, September 22, 2015 According to the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI ), hotel prices paid* per night rose in the U.S.

by 2% between January and June of this year, compared to the same period last year, but there is still value to be found in alternate vacation destinations around the country. Hotels.com has uncovered coastal destinations, ski towns and metropolitan suburbs that proved the most affordable less than $100 per night in the first half of 2015.

Coastal Cities under $100

Brunswick, GA ($80) On the Southeast corner of Georgia, this peaceful waterfront town is a beautiful place to get away. Visitors can capture the sunset at Great Dunes Beach Park, snag fresh seafood at Indigo Coastal Shanty or take a trip out to historical Saint Simons Island. Coos Bay, OR ($97) Coos Bay is the largest city on the Oregon Coast, and home to a host of fishing, swimming and other outdoor activities. Shore Acres State Park provides breathtaking views of the ocean where guests can catch a glimpse of a variety of marine animals.

Ski Towns under $100

Ogden, UT ($91) About ten miles east of the Great Salt Lake lies Ogden with three award-winning ski resorts. The charming town is also chock-full of historical museums, art galleries and theatrical performances year-round. Leadville, CO ($95) Leadville is one of the best kept secrets in the U.S. Surrounded with snow-capped peaks, the city is a ski bum s playground. Once part of the silver mining boom, this city preserved in time is a great place to get a peek into the history of the Wild West.

Metropolitan Suburbs $100 or less

Mesa, AZ ($100) Mesa1 is a great budget-friendly location just a short drive from Phoenix. With many of its own offerings such as the Red Rocks Music Festival, Salt River Tubing, the Commemorative Air Force Museum and a plethora of authentic Mexican cuisine. Greenwood Village, CO ($96) Just outside of Denver lies Greenwood Village, Colorado, a small town with panoramic views of The Front Range a mountain range part of the Southern Rocky Mountains.

Known for its biking trails, delicious cuisine, art and music this metropolitan suburb is a great alternative vacation destination.

Please visit http://www.hotel-price-index.com for more information and to view reports in additional currencies. To find more travel ideas and tips, follow Hotels.com on Twitter at @hotelsdotcom and #HotelExperts.2

*Average prices paid per night inclusive of taxes and fees and based on data from the first six months of 2015.


  1. ^ Mesa (www.hotels.com)
  2. ^ http://www.hotel-price-index.com (www.hotel-price-index.com)