Riders set off Tour de France

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2018

While Sky's top placed rider is Geraint Thomas three seconds off the lead, 2017 Giro victor Dumoulin is just 11 seconds down, but perhaps Bardet is the man with the most to smile about at this stage.

Greg Van Avermaet beat Geraint Thomas to the yellow jersey but Team Sky used Monday's team time trial at the Tour de France to eradicate numerous losses Chris Froome suffered on the opening day.

The Tour remains in western France for Stage 3 on Monday with a 35.5-kilometre team time trial that starts and finishes in Cholet.

Fernando Gaviria will be the first rider to don the yellow jersey at this year's Tour de France after winning the first stage, from Noirmoutier-en-l'ile to Fontenay-le-Comte in western France, on Saturday.

Froome was squeezed out of the road and ended up on his backside in a field with around 6km to go to the end of the stage.

Among the big losers today were Nairo Quintana, whose Movistar team came home 53 seconds down on BMC Racing, Bahrain-Merida with 2014 Tour de France victor Vincenzo Nibali, 1 minute and 6 seconds down, and Romain Bardet's AG2R-La Mondiale, who came home 1 minute 15 seconds behind the day's victor.

"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. But as I say, that's bike racing. "[It] puts us right back in the game".

It proved to be an excellent day for Tom Dumoulin, who became the first of the leading GC contenders to move into the top 10. "I think I am in good condition and I have a good team around me but there are no doubts that this is the most important test of the season for me".

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Though they regrouped quickly, with Philippe Gilbert now their yellow jersey hope, they could not make back the time they lost as they finished third on the stage.

The Slovakian rider's ninth career win at the Tour came just over a year since he was disqualified from cycling's most prestigious event by race officials who ruled he had caused a crash that broke Mark Cavendish's shoulder.

Team Sky's Froome, his fellow riders and the organizers are all reeling from the tempestuous run-up to the Tour, which culminated Thursday with the four-time victor being roundly booed at the official presentation.

Froome was left 55 seconds behind in the overall standings with another week of nervy rolling stages before hitting the Alps.

Had the team not lost so much in the team time trial, he perhaps could have won the race overall.

That leaves them all facing a yawning gap to the likes of Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates), Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac), Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), who all finished in the first group. We just wanted to get that stage. The Kenyan-born British rider also crashed on the opening day of the Giro d'Italia in May, while warming up for the Stage 1 time trial.

"We're happy, we had the yellow and that's part of history".

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