Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

BMC take team time trial stage but Froome makes gains

BMC take team time trial stage but Froome makes gains

Chris Froome made up some lost time on his rivals despite Team Sky failing to win the team time trial on day three of the Tour de France.

The last team out on the course was the one with the rider in the overall lead, Bora Hansgrohe, and as they approached the second time check it was clear that Peter Sagan would be surrendering the yellow jersey, the road world champion blowing up moments later, putting it beyond doubt that the lead would change hands.

Team Sky finished as runners-up, four seconds behind.

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.

"But boy we are so happy to get here without having had two minutes stuck into us by Froome", he said of Bardet's 20-second deficit on the champion.

"It's been a great little journey over the past couple of months to come to this team and become part of a really tight team time trial unit and to really add to that is something I will be proud of for a long time", he said.

Van Avermaet's teammate Tejay van Garderen finished on the same time to take second place overall with Sky's Geraint Thomas in third. "We did well as a team, but disappointed not to take the win, we were so close", he said.

"There was way too much wind for me", said the slightly-built Porte.

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They finished in a winning time of 38min 46sec, giving the team a necessary boost, with reports suggesting they may be forced to fold at the end of the year if they can not attract extra sponsorship.

A year ago, Sagan was kicked out of the Tour after race organizers ruled he caused a crash that broke the shoulder blade of Mark Cavendish in a sprint finish to end Stage 4.

Porte's BMC team had been expected to make up for their disappointing first day when their Australian leader fell.

"We're taking some time back on some of the other GC guys".

Indeed, you only had to look at the scheduled start times to see just who among the favourites was in need of gaining back some time.

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.

"It was a strong effort from everyone", said the 33-year-old.

Tomorrow the Tour de France 204-kilometre sprint stage with the only mountain of the fourth category, which the participants of the race will overcome 60 kilometers from the finish.

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