Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

BMC time-trial win puts Van Avermaet in yellow

BMC time-trial win puts Van Avermaet in yellow

Team Sky, another unusual early starter, were booed by roadside spectators throughout their effort but posted nearly identical times through the first two time checks - as did BMC Racing, who also found themselves in an unfamiliar early start time.

"Obviously it was a tough one today but the big strong guys did a great job and it was a ideal team time trial", Porte told

New Zealand's Patrick Bevin is a stage victor at the Tour de France after his BMC team took out the team time trial in the third stage overnight. I think there will be a lot more time lost throughout the GC group before we hit the mountains.

The result means BMC's Greg van Avermaet has taken the yellow jersey from Peter Sagan, whose team Bora-hansgrohe set a time of 39:36 after dropping him.

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Overall, Froome is in 18th place, 55 seconds off the pace and still 44 behind 2017 Giro d'Italia victor Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, who with Team Sunweb only lost seven seconds to the Briton on Monday.

Among the overall favourites, Dumoulin was seventh (11 seconds behind), last year's runner-up Rigoberto Uran was 10th (:35), Porte was 14th (:51), Movistar teammates Alejandro Valverde and Mikel Landa were 17th (:53), Froome was 18th (:55), Adam Yates was 20th (1:00) and 2014 champion Vincenzo Nibali was 22nd (1:06). "We're on track but there's still so much to go through". But as I say, that's bike racing.

Times were taken from the fourth rider on each eight-man team to cross the line.

"We rode out of our skin and super smooth and with the horsepower that we have did a great ride", the Irishman said.

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Midway around the course first Luke Rowe and then Wout Poels dropped off the back of their train, and it perhaps proved key as BMC carried more speed through the second half of the course. "You have to step up and deliver on the day and that's not an easy thing to do on a Tour de France team time trial stage". Without the leak we wouldn't even know about it, but that's the nature of sport now.

He was also in yellow in three stages at Tour de France two years ago. "It's been a great little journey over the past couple of months to come to this team and become part of a really tight team time trial unit and to really add to that is something I will be proud of for a long time", he said.

Greg van Avermaet was the virtual leader when Peter Sagan, in the yellow jersey, rolled down the ramp with Bora-hansgrohe and Fernando Gaviria set off with Quick-Step Floors. "Everyone is working well together and we have a strong team and Richie can be up there". "It just shows that we are here, too, and let's get it on". "To win the stage with a team like we have here, and especially with the passing of Andy Rihs, is special", Porte said. "I'm very happy with the other riders".

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