Team Sky stormed to an emphatic victory in the team time trial on stage three of the Criterium du Dauphine to move Michal Kwiatkowski back into the race lead.
This has moved Kwiatkowski back into the overall lead and elevates Gianni Moscon up to second, three seconds back with Jonathan Castroviejo third and Geraint Thomas fourth.
Celebrating the result on stage three was far cry from the end of the previous day, which saw Kwiatkowski crash in the closing kilometres and the race leader was pleased he suffered no ill effects today.
It’s a wonderful feeling to win as a team. We rode a perfect stage, technically and tactically, on the entire course."
Kwiatkowski's words were echoed by Gianni Moscon who was delighted by the team's performance, adding: “Today was just perfect. We had a really smooth ride as a team. We paced it very well on the climbs. It was simply perfect. It’s the best TTT I’ve ever done.
"I’m here to support G [Geraint Thomas] and Kwiato to try and bring home the overall victory. We have a super strong team here. If we commit together, we can make it. I’d like to stay up in GC as long as possible as well but it depends on how the race goes.”
We’ve got several cards to play but it’ll still be difficult to win, that’s for sure.”
He said: “It was fluid and fast. It’s probably one of Team Sky’s best time trials ever.
"Now we have four hard stages ahead of us and we’ll see how it goes. But we’ll defend the jersey. We’ve got several cards to play but it’ll still be difficult to win, that’s for sure.”
1. Team Sky 36:33
2. BMC Racing +37"
3. Lotto Soudal +53"
4. Mitchelton-Scott +56"
5. Quick-Step Floors +1'02"
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) 9:28:21
2. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) +3"
3. Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Sky) +9"
4. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +21"
5. Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) +48"