Riders set off Tour de France

Riders set off Tour de France

Besides what it did for Porte, in helping him to make up for the 51 seconds he lost on stage one, it elevated Belgian teammate Greg van Avermaet, the Olympic road champion, into the yellow jersey as overall leader.

Team Sky finished four seconds off the pace in second, just about edging out Quick-Step Floors, as defending champion Chris Froome made up 12 seconds in the general classification. "I could see it was going to be a good year", said Sagan, who was thrown off the Tour last year after being judged culpable of a fall that ended fellow sprinter Mark Cavendish's Tour.

World champion Peter Sagan won stage two of the Tour de France to take the yellow jersey as Chris Froome did a better job of staying out of trouble on another crash-strewn finale. We'll take it day by day.

Overall, Froome is in 18th place, 55 seconds off the pace and still 44 behind 2017 Giro d'Italia victor Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, who with Team Sunweb only lost seven seconds to the Briton on Monday. But as I say, that's bike racing.

It proved to be an excellent day for Tom Dumoulin, who became the first of the leading GC contenders to move into the top 10. "That's the nature of the game".

Fernando Gaviria will be the first rider to don the yellow jersey at this year's Tour de France after winning the first stage, from Noirmoutier-en-l'ile to Fontenay-le-Comte in western France, on Saturday. They were only seven seconds back and on a similar trajectory to us so you do have to wait.

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We would reach the final. "We've strived to be as good as we could be at an global level and it's taken us two years to get there".

Team Sky had laid down the gauntlet with a strong effort, but having recorded an identical time over the first 13 kilometres, BMC were six seconds ahead as they passed through the second checkpoint. Rigoberto Uran's EF Education First-Drapac team gave up 35 seconds in fifth, Mikel Landa and Nairo Quintana's Movistar 54 seconds in 10th, and Vincenzo Nibali's Bahrain-Merida team 66 seconds in 11th.

The pressure has unquestionably risen on Froome and Team Sky in spite of anti-doping authorities ending their investigation into this salbutamol levels, but he is adamant that he is able to put the pressure to the side and focus on the task at hand.

Speaking in Eurosport's brand new "The Bradley Wiggins Show", he said that, even though the case has overshadowed the sport all year, the Team Sky rider - and his former team-mate - has risen above all the criticism and his ability dictates he should still be the man to beat this year. To win with these guys is a great feeling.

The Colombian added: "I don't know about keeping the yellow jersey because of the mountains, but I plan to fight for the green jersey (sprint points) all the way to Paris". "It was all about trying to win the stage". We all want to be successful here.

Had the team not lost so much in the team time trial, he perhaps could have won the race overall. In the last week, they have been drilling their team time trial as well as riding the cobbles of the Roubaix stage nine.

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