Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
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Chris Froome booed as BMC edge Sky in team time-trial

Chris Froome booed as BMC edge Sky in team time-trial

Richie Porte had plenty of reason to be happy after clawing back time as his BMC Racing outfit claimed victory in the team trial on the Tour de France.

BMC Racing won the stage three team time trial at the 2018 Tour de France as Greg van Avermaet claimed the yellow jersey and Richie Porte gained back time on most of his GC rivals.

Porte, who lost 51 seconds in the opening stage after being caught behind a pile-up, helped his team edge out Chris Froome's Team Sky by four seconds over the 35.5km circuit on stage three.

While Sky's top-placed rider is Geraint Thomas three seconds off the lead, 2017 Giro victor Dumoulin is just 11 seconds down, but perhaps Bardet is the man with the most to smile about at this stage. "It was a good sprint, slightly uphill in the end, but I had good legs and a good feeling", said Gaviria, only the second Colombian to wear the yellow jersey after Victor Hugo Pena in 2003.

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Team Sky's Geraint Thomas missed out on the yellow jersey by just three seconds, having started the day sixth in the general classification and one second up on Van Avermaet.

Ireland's Dan Martin also struggled after his UAE Team Emirates finished 15th on the stage, one minute and 38 seconds behind BMC.

It was also a very satisfying day for Froome, the Kenyan-born Briton ignoring some booing at the start line and making up some of the valuable time he lost on Saturday's first stage.

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.

"I feel maybe even better (than last year)".

Title contenders Vincenzo Nibali, Tom Dumoulin, and Romain Bardet are 16 seconds behind Sagan, giving them an early advantage over Froome. "It's still a long way to go, six more hectic days and the mountains".

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.

Among the big losers today were Nairo Quintana, whose Movistar team came home 53 seconds down on BMC Racing, Bahrain-Merida with 2014 Tour de France victor Vincenzo Nibali, 1 minute and 6 seconds down, and Romain Bardet's AG2R-La Mondiale, who came home 1 minute 15 seconds behind the day's victor.

Tuesday's fourth stage takes the riders from La Baule to Sarzeau over a largely flat 195km course.

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