Team take second in Tour TTT

09 Jul 2018

Team take second in Tour TTT

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Team Sky put in a strong performance to clock the second quickest time in the stage three team time trial at the Tour de France.

The second squad down the ramp in Cholet, Team Sky worked hard to set a time of 38 minutes and 50 seconds.
 
Crossing the line with six riders after the technical 35.5-kilometre course, the result was enough to elevate Geraint Thomas up to third place overall, with Chris Froome now sitting 18th.
 
Team Sky occupied the hot seat briefly at the finish before BMC Racing set a time four seconds quicker. Holding off a late charge from Quick-Step Floors ensured second place, on a competitive day that saw the top five covered by 11 seconds.
 
Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) moved into the yellow jersey, level on time with team-mate Tejay van Garderen, with Thomas now just three seconds back on GC. Froome sits 18th, 55 seconds back on yellow.
 
Along with Froome and Thomas, Gianni Moscon, Michal Kwiatkowski, Jonathan Castroviejo and Egan Bernal all crossed the line together after Wout Poels and Luke Rowe had worked hard early. The result also lifted Bernal to second overall in the young rider classification.
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After the stage Froome said he was happy with how the team rode as a unit, explaining: “Just going off feeling and how we rode that I think we can be pretty happy. I think we gave it everything we had and it went pretty much all to plan. You can never tell who is going to be on a good day and who is not. I think all in all it worked out really well for us. 
 
“Obviously it didn’t start too well with the crash on stage one. But that’s bike racing and there’s still a lot of racing to come. We’re just taking it one day at a time at the moment and trying to get through the best we can until we get to the mountains. [Taking back some time] is reassuring. It would have been nice not to lose it in the first place, but I think there will be a lot more time lost throughout the GC group before we hit the mountains. One day you gain, one day you lose. That’s just the nature of the game really.”
 
Thomas added: “It was good, I think we rode really well. I’m a bit disappointed I feel like I didn’t really get it all out, I always seemed to be on the front on the descents, when we were doing short turns.
 
He told ITV: “There’s a few things [to improve], you always think you can go a little bit quicker, but I think we rode it really well technically and communicated well.
 
“We knew we could afford to lose two riders, Wout and Luke, but there was no set plan to do it, just to commit if they didn’t feel great and go as far as they could and that’s what they did. 
 
“And that’s what it’s about, riding well like that together.”
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Stage three result:

1. BMC Racing 38’46”
2. Team Sky +4"
3. Quick-Step Floors +7”
4. Mitchelton-Scott +9”
5. Team Sunweb +11”
 
Overall standings:
 
1. Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) 9:08:55
2. Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) s.t.
3. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +3”
4.Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) +7”
5. Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) s.t.
18. Chris Froome (Team Sky) +55”

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