BMC Racing takes team time trial

Froome makes up for lost time

BMC Racing won the stage three team time trial at the 2018 Tour de France as Greg van Avermaet claimed the yellow jersey and Richie Porte gained back time on most of his GC rivals.

"They looked strong throughout, and were rewarded for their efforts with the fastest time, their time of 38'46" taking four precious seconds out of Sky with a ride averaging 54.9kmh.

"BMC's winning time of 38'46" was four seconds better than Team Sky, seven seconds up on Quick-Step Floors and nine seconds up on Mitchelton-Scott.

"It's about what I expected, we thought we'd lose a bit to Froome and we lost a bit to Froome", said the dry-witted Quintana.

It is a measure of just how much success Team Sky have enjoyed at recent Tours de France that when Geraint Thomas missed out on the yellow jersey yesterday by only three seconds he barely shrugged.

World champion Peter Sagan said he had three reasons to be cheerful as he won stage two and took the overall leader's yellow jersey in front of family and friends from Slovakia at the Tour de France on Sunday.

The stage victory saw BMC Racing move their team leader Richie Porte further up the standings, having lost time in a crash on stage one.

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And though Sky missed out on victory - and a chance to put Geraint Thomas in the yellow jersey - Froome was able to eradicate the deficit to numerous other contenders.

It was also a very satisfying day for Froome, the Kenyan-born Briton ignoring some booing at the start line and making up some of the valuable time he lost on Saturday's first stage.

Among the overall favorites, Dumoulin lies seventh (11 seconds behind), last year's runner-up Rigoberto Uran is 10th (:35), Porte 14th (:51), Movistar teammates Alejandro Valverde and Mikel Landa are 17th (:53), Froome 18th (:55), Adam Yates 20th (1:00) and 2014 champion Vincenzo Nibali 22nd (1:06).

Plus, we hear from Chris Froome about how he clawed back time in the overall to overcome his stage 1 losses.

"It was a huge challenge for the team, it's been incredible for us", said the 33-year-old Briton who was jeered when his name was announced on the starting ramp. "It's a long way to go, we still have six more hectic days and then we have also got the Alps and the Pyrenees".

Their victory also helped Belgian team-mate Greg van Avermaet into the tour leaders yellow jersey.

On Tuesday, the Tour will head to Brittany, as the riders start in La Baule and end in Sarzeau after a 195-kilometre route.

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