BMC Racing Propel Greg Van Avermaet Into Yellow At Tour de France TTT

Belgian rider just edges teammate for overall lead

BMC Racing put on a professional performance that saw them blast home the victors on stage 3 of the Tour de France in Cholet, putting Greg Van Avermaet into the race lead.

The former world team time trial champions showed their pedigree today as they pipped Team Sky to the post by 4 seconds, catapulting Van Avermaet to the top of the race and helping Richie Porte recover some lost time.

Chris Froome and co put in a solid effort despite missing out on the stage win which saw Geraint Thomas boosted up to third overall, sitting just 3 seconds off Van Avermaet and teammate Tejay Van Garderen, who the Belgian just edged out for overall lead.

Van Avermaet started the day 16 seconds down on Peter SaganΒ (Bora-Hansgrohe), who’s team finished 50 seconds down on BMC, but a solid performance knocked Team Sky off the hot seat seeing them safely in charge for the rest of the day.

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) will be thankful for his team who are the current world team time trial champions as they saw him come home in fourth place on they day, 10 seconds down on BMC. This put the former Giro winner in seventh, 11 seconds down on Van Avermaet and in good position for the GC battles to come.

Alejandro Valverde and Mikel Landa will be happy with their performances in the race’s early stages even more as they dropped 53 seconds on the day while for other GC riders it was a day to forget.

Valverde and Landa’s colleague Nairo Quintana saw the gap between him and top of proceedings grow to 2 minutes and 5 seconds as his race looks to have gotten even harder.

Romain Bardet and AG2R La Mondiale just about held on to any previous advantages he had got from stage one as the French outfit rolled home 1 minute and 15 seconds down on the day’s winners.

Vincenzo Nibali and his team, Bahrain-Merida, finished the day 1 minute and 6 seconds down, only adding to his previous deficits.

One winner of the day though was Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) who saw his team launch into the race’s top 10 just 35 seconds down on Van Avermaet, following a consummate ride from his teammates.

With the race returning on Tuesday, riders will ride 195km route from La Baule to Sarzeau for stage four of this year’s Tour de France.