Sagan leads Tour after stage win

Chris Foome Tour de France 2018 Stage 1

Chris Foome Tour de France 2018 Stage 1

BMC Racing Team claimed Stage 3 of the 2018 Tour de France on Monday as they set the fastest time in the team time trial.

Belgian team Quick Step came third at seven seconds but because Fernando Gaviria was dropped along the route he failed to reclaim the race leader's yellow jersey, which was instead claimed by BMC's Olympic road race champion Greg van Avermaet.

Porte, who lost 51 seconds in the opening stage after being caught behind a pile-up, helped his team edge out Chris Froome's Team Sky by four seconds over the 35.5km circuit on stage three.

Movistar could only manage 10th place on the day, 50 seconds off Team Sky's pace, which means Froome is nearly back on level terms with Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde, while Nairo Quintana dropped even further back after his opening day woes.

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.

Van Avermaet's teammate Tejay van Garderen finished on the same time to take second place overall with Sky's Geraint Thomas in third.

BMC Racing were the fifth team to start the stage and they laid down the marker early, edging other pre-race contenders Team Sky (38:50) and Mitchelton-Scott (38:55), to find themselves in the hot seat.


It was a double celebration as the victory also thrust teammate Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium into the yellow jersey. It would have been nice not to have lost it in the first place.

Among Froome's main rivals, France's Romain Bardet lost 1:15 today and now trails the Briton by 20 seconds. Through the jury's decision, in the final version as many as 116 riders had the same time as the leg victor, Peter Sagan (4:06:37 hour) i.e.all those who were in the peloton at the time of the crash. He also wore the yellow jersey in three stages at the Tour de France two years ago.

"I still regret throwing away those 51 seconds on the first day, but there's a long way to go to Paris".

Movistar lost 53 seconds, which leaves Colombian Nairo Quintana, twice runner-up, 1:13 behind Froome - a massive amount of time after only three days of racing.

The 28-year-old Sagan said this win means that "I'm really back" following his disqualification from the 2017 Tour.

Tonight's fourth stage is a flat, 195km stage in Brittany between La Baule and Sarzeau that is expected to finish in a bunch sprint.

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