Froome faces public 'trial' on Tour third stage

This July 4 crash resulted in both Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan exiting the Tour de France

This July 4 crash resulted in both Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan exiting the Tour de France

"There's a photo of the team on the podium with Greg in yellow and I think it's one I will cherish for a long time".

The team for the next three weeks includes Alexander Kristoff, Darwin Atapuma, Kristijan Durasek, Roberto Ferrari, Marco Marcato, Rory Sutherland and Oliviero Troia. The Kenyan-born British rider also crashed on the opening day of the Giro d'Italia in May, while warming up for the Stage 1 time trial.

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 race lacks the kind of long, flat individual time trial where four-time victor Froome often pulverises his opponents, programming instead a medium size time-trial in the mountains where a string of climbers who would usually lose time to Froome may actually beat him.

Martin turned around a hard start to 2018 in the Critérium du Dauphiné, losing more than two minutes to the top team.

Chris Froome's bid for a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title got off to a shaky start Saturday after a dramatic crash left him trailing first stage victor Fernando Gaviria by over one minute.

Kiwi rider Patrick Bevin leads BMC Racing through the team time trial course on the Tour de France.

Froome however was roundly booed on his first meeting with the French public on Thursday when Sky took the stage for the official teams presntation here, and during a 1km jaunt around the small town of La Roche-sur-Yon.

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.

"There are going to be days I lose time, but it comes and goes".

"It looks like people have just come out for a fun day", he said.

"The only pressure you should really feel is the pressure you put on yourself". They were only seven seconds back and on a similar trajectory to us so you do have to wait. "It just shows that we are here, too, and let's get it on". If we have fun, the results will come. "I asked myself, 'what would've been possible without injury?'"

It was even worse for Movistar's Nairo Quintana who lost a further 24 seconds after breaking both wheels when he hit a traffic island inside the final four kilometres. Only after the race, was the damage revealed. I feel good, but I don't know if I feel better than previous year or last week.

At his post-race media conference, Gaviria added: "It's been an awesome day, I've dreamt of this victory and the possibility of taking the yellow jersey".

The stage began in sizzling heat with local hero Chavanel of the Direct Energie team based in this Vendee Western France region being cheered all along the 155km of a solo break. However, by the beginning of Stage 2 there was already a significant amount of time between the main GC contenders.

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