Tour de France 2018: stage three – live!

09 July 2018 12:47
Live updates from the 35.5km team time trial stage Tour de France diary: night boats and Froome’s gloomEmail James with your thoughts or on Twitter @bglendenning 1.46pm BST Peter Sagan on yesterday’s win: “I have to say a big thanks to my team-mates,” said the Slovak stage winner. “They rode at the front for the last 30km. In the end, I expected something easier but it was a very tough course, with a lot of ups and downs. “I believed it was better to wait as long as possible to launch my sprint. Démare started with Degenkolb. I could overtake them. I was very lucky that Colbrelli didn’t jump fast enough to pass me. I’m very happy to get the yellow jersey too. To wear it for one day or more, it’s always special. We’ll try to keep it after the team time trial. Everything is possible.” 1.43pm BST Two withdrawals so far: Two riders left the Tour during stage two yesterday, with Astana’s Luis Leon Sanchez abandoning after a heavy fall at a traffic island and Trek-Segafredo’s Tsgabu Grmay quitting due to illness. Grmay had been suffering from abdominal pain in the build-up to the race and said yesterday that they got worse and “it was not possible to go on”. 1.33pm BST How to ride a team time trial: The Global Cycling Network have no shortage of helpful and informative videos on their YouTube channel. Here, they went behind the scenes at BMC Racing during last year’s Vuelta a Espana to find out the secrets of a good team time trial. 1.14pm BST Brailsford makes headlines: Team Sky chief Dave Brailsford courted more controversy yesterday when he said UCI president David Lappartient had the mentality of “a local French mayor”. In the build-up to this year’s Tour, Lappartient appeared to suggest that Chris Froome was only cleared of any wrongdoing by Wada and the UCI last week because of his own and Team Sky’s wealth. His comments did not go down well with Brailsford, as Jeremy Whittle explains. Related: Dave Brailsford in scathing attack on UCI president David Lappartient 1.14pm BST 1.14pm BST Mitchelton Scott are first out today and will be hoping for less of the bad luck that has dogged them over the past two days. Their team leader Adam Yates has crashed twice in the first two stages, while Luke Dudbridge and Daryl Impey both hit the deck yesterday. Their directeur sportif, Matt White, told journalists yesterday that all three riders would be fine for today.1. Mitchelton-Scott (Aus) 14:10 2. Team Sky (GB) 14.153. Movistar Team (Esp) 14.204. Groupama-FDJ (Fra) 14.255. BMC Racing Team (USA) 14.306. EF Education First-Drapac (USA) 14.357. UAE Team Emirates (UAE) 14.408. Ag2r La Mondiale (Fra) 14.459. Fortuneo-Samsic (Fra) 14.5010. Direct Energie (Fra) 14.5511. Lotto-Soudal (Bel) 15.0012. LottoNL-Jumbo (Ned) 15.0513. Cofidis, Solutions Credits (Fra) 15.1014. Team Sunweb (Ger) 15.1515. Team Dimension Data (RSA) 15.2016. Katusha-Alpecin (Sui) 15.2517. Bahrain-Merida (Brn) 15.3018. Trek-Segafredo (USA) 15.3519. Astana Pro Team (Kaz) 15.4020. Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Bel) 15.4521. Quick-Step Floors (Bel) 15.5022. Bora-Hansgrohe (Ger) 15.55 12.11pm BST How the Tour de France organisers see today’s stage: “The town being in a basin, it starts with a hill at 4 to 5%. The villages of La Romagne and La Séguinière on the way back aren’t flat either but it’s a mostly rolling course on which specialists Team Sky and BMC Racing Team can be at their ease on those 35km of swapping turns at a high speed. “Following the incidents of stage 1, only one Team Sky rider is with almost the same time as most of the other GC contenders. Geraint Thomas is even one second ahead of them after he collected one second of bonification at the bonus point of stage 2. 12.11pm BST Stage two: Peter Sagan sprinted to victory in La Roche-sur-Yon and took the yellow jersey in yesterday’s stage, which was marred by a crash on the final bend. Here’s Jeremy Whittle’s report . Related: Peter Sagan sprints to victory on stage two to take Tour de France yellow jersey 12.11pm BST Ten years after hosting an individual time trial won by Stefan Schumacher, Cholet is the venue for a team version of the Race of Truth in the third stage of this year’s Tour. Here’s William Fotheringham’s take on today’s route from our stage-by-stage guide to this year’s race.“This is the first chance for gaps to open – particularly if it’s breezy or wet – and all eyes will be on Team Sky, who have yet to win a Tour team time trial. It’s not a straightforward blast, peppered with corners and with two little hills after halfway to put any strugglers under pressure.” Continue reading. . read full article

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