Tuesday 23 January 2018

Orica GreenEdge win team time trial by a second

Great Britain's Chris Froome leads Sky Procycling past Welcome to Yorkshire's Cragg Vale Corner during the Team time-trial, Stage Four, 2013 Tour de France, Nice
Great Britain's Chris Froome leads Sky Procycling past Welcome to Yorkshire's Cragg Vale Corner during the Team time-trial, Stage Four, 2013 Tour de France, Nice
Cycling fans wait for Sky Procycling to pass Welcome to Yorkshire's Cragg Vale Corner during the Team time-trial, Stage Four, 2013 Tour de France, Nice

Ian Parker

Orica GreenEdge pipped Mark Cavendish's Omega Pharma-Quick Step squad by a single second to win today's team time trial in the Tour de France and make it two stage victories in as many days.

The Australian squad - whose bus crashed into the finish to cause chaos on stage one - won their first ever Tour stage yesterday when Simon Gerrans sprinted to victory in Calvi, and they doubled up today in Nice to put the 33-year-old former Team Sky rider into the yellow jersey.

Team Sky themselves settled for third place, three seconds back, after another gritty ride from Geraint Thomas on his cracked pelvis, the Welshman keeping up with his team-mates for 24 of the 25 kilometres before falling off the back.

This is likely the perfect scenario for Tour favourite Chris Froome, who has kept any time losses to an absolute minimum while not needing to defend the yellow jersey too early in the Tour.

Alberto Contador's Team Saxo-Tinkoff finished in fourth place, nine seconds behind Orica GreenEdge, to keep the Spaniard well in touch with Froome.

If they had found a way to win, Ireland's Nicolas Roche - son of former Tour winner Stephen - would have taken the yellow jersey, but it was not to be.

Nor was it David Millar's day.

The Garmin-Sharp veteran started out harbouring hopes of wearing yellow after coming so desperately close to claiming the famous jersey on stage two, when the peloton were a fraction of a wheel away from recording the same time as stage winner Jan Bakelants - the difference enough to put the Belgian in the maillot jaune ahead of the Scot.

However, his Garmin-Sharp squad finished 17 seconds down and the chance was gone for Millar, who wore yellow on his Tour debut in 2000 but never since.

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