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Olympic champion takes Tour de France yellow jersey in team time trial

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Kristopher Love | 10 July, 2018, 20:51

Despite the setback, Quick-Step were able to regroup and only lost a further three seconds on BMC heading through the second checkpoint and finished a total of seven behind them in third place.

Australian Richie Porte, who had also lost 51 seconds in the first stage after being delayed behind a pile-up, benefited from his BMC team's performance to move up to 14th, four seconds ahead of Froome.

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. "We know that Peter (Sagan) is one of the greatest riders of the peloton and I'm happy to compete against him because he makes everything more hard", he explained. It was a good test for us and the team.

"Everyone in Colombia is watching the Tour de France and I feel like my nation's representative", said Gaviria.

Spectators watch as the pack passes along the west coast during the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 201 kilometers (124.9 miles) with start in Noirmoutier-en-L'Ile and finish in Fontenay Le-Comte, France, Saturday, July 7, 2018.

The overall leader after second stage, Peter Sagan, was dropped by his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates and fell to 80th overall and lost the yellow jersey.

Froome is aiming to join Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain as the only riders to win the Tour five times.

Squad leaders traded turns on the front of the team "trains", with the ability to constantly maintain a fast pace the decisive factor over a challenging - if not highly technical - route featuring a few minor hills.

Plagued by suspicions regarding his misuse of asthma-related medicine, the four-time tour victor suffered a start to this morning's Tour that will have undoubtedly pleased many of those fans who had booed Froome and Team Sky earlier this week.

The other members of BMC are Kiwi rider Patrick Bevin, Damiano Caruso, Simon Gerrans, Stefan Kung and Michael Schar. With another gruelling trip across the Alps and Pyrenees, who will wear the yellow jersey on the Champs-Elysees? "I feel maybe even better (than last year)". "It's still a long way to go, six more hectic days and the mountains".

"Right now it is more about chest-thumping and psychological advantages".

It was all about the team for Thomas, though, even if he missed out on the yellow jersey by three seconds.

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.