Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Richie Porte’s BMC team wins team time trial

Richie Porte’s BMC team wins team time trial

Among those to take advantage were two riders who lost 51 seconds to some of their rivals on Saturday, Adam Yates, whose Mitchelton-Scott team were first off the ramp this afternoon, as well as defending champion Chris Froome, with Team Sky the next to start.

Patrick Bevin is a Tour de France stage victor.

The Kenyan-born Briton said he was in good shape despite his recent woes.

Gaviria was looking good for a second stage win until 2km to go, when a crash on a 90° right hand bend brought him down along with a number of other sprint favourites.

"The legs feel good and I'm optimistic about what is to come hopefully", said Froome.

BMC Racing has been a ideal fit for Bevin, who has been able to develop into one of the premier time trial riders on the World Tour. I have a lot of friends from Zilina here today, my father is here as well.

Wiggins also said part of the problem was the transparency of the case, with no-one really knowing the real facts.

"It's a great start for the fans", he added.

"To be honest I didn't even think about it (the yellow jersey), it was just about winning the stage".

The world champion held off a strong challenge from Italian Sonny Colbrelli to clinch the stage and take the yellow jersey from Fernando Gaviria, who was one of the late crash victims.

However, cycling's governing body and WADA ruled it "does not constitute an AAF (adverse analytical finding)", meaning the 33-year-old will keep his Vuelta title plus his maglia rose from the Giro d'Italia in June.

"My team got me into the mix", he said.

"It's not a forgone conclusion just because BMC has gone well in the past". It was climbing a little bit in a headwind and already the last five kilometres were up and down.

After the first stage that hugged the Atlantic coast, the race rolled inland through green pastures, forest groves and yellow wheat fields baked by the summer sun.

Froome is aiming to join Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain as the only riders to win the Tour five times. We just wanted to get that stage. His Trek-Segafredo team said he was suffering "intense abdominal pain".

Vincenzo Nibali was another to have to put in a big shift for his team, and by extension his own GC hopes - with Bahrain-Merida down to four riders with a quarter of the 35.5km stage still to go.

Luis Leon Sanchez of Astana pulled out of the race after falling on a traffic island and getting up covered in cuts and climbing crying into the team auto.

Ethiopia's Tsgabu Grmay became the first rider to abandon the race.

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.

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