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Chris Froome faces early test

Chris Foome Tour de France 2018 Stage 1 Chris Foome Tour de France 2018 Stage 1
Sidney Guerrero | 11 July, 2018, 01:33

New Zealand's Patrick Bevin is a stage victor at the Tour de France after his BMC team took out the team time trial in the third stage overnight.

Defending champion Froome lost four seconds to Richie Porte, but took five seconds off British rival Adam Yates, eight seconds off world champion Tom Dumoulin of Sunweb, 50 seconds off Colombia's Nairo Quintana and was a less-than-expected 1min 11sec quicker than French hope Romain Bardet.

"Sky gained on the final part of the course, stopping the clock in 38'50" but their clubhouse lead did not last long as BMC Racing dug deep on the final run-in to shave another four seconds off.

Germany's Team Sunweb finished fifth, 12 seconds behind winners BMC. Then Arnaud Demare went for it first and I just tried to stay on his wheel.

But Sky will be happy to see many of Froome's rivals lose significant time.

Froome's Sky team mate Geraint Thomas could however prove a thorn in his side as the Welshman, who underlined his credentials by winning the Criterium du Dauphine last month, is third overall, 52 seconds ahead of his leader.

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World champion Peter Sagan said he had three reasons to be cheerful as he won stage two and took the overall leader's yellow jersey in front of family and friends from Slovakia at the Tour de France on Sunday. 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.

In a race that could be decided by a matter of seconds, the time loss is a big early setback for Team Sky leader Froome, in the race after being cleared of any wrongdoing following a urine test that showed he had an excessive level of a banned asthma medication in last year's Tour of Spain. Van Avermaet, who has Olympic road race gold and a Paris-Roubaix victory on his CV, and is named after the legendary Greg LeMond, wore the yellow jersey for three days during the 2016 edition and although he is unlikely to mount a challenge in the long-term, the make-up of the coming days offers him the chance to stay in yellow.

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

Thomas, who wore yellow for four days previous year, said that he was not bothered by the...

It was a double celebration as the victory also thrust teammate Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium into the yellow jersey.

On Tuesday, the Tour will head to Brittany, as the riders start in La Baule and end in Sarzeau after a 195-kilometre route.

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