Kiwi cyclist Patrick Bevin celebrates BMC team win at Tour de France

  • Kiwi cyclist Patrick Bevin celebrates BMC team win at Tour de France

Kiwi cyclist Patrick Bevin celebrates BMC team win at Tour de France

"It's been a great little journey over the past couple of months to come to this team and become part of a really tight team time trial unit and to really add to that is something I will be proud of for a long time", he said.

Three French riders - Kevin Ledanois (Team Fortuneo-Samsic), Jerome Cousin (Direct Energie) and Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) - attacked at the start flag and quickly established an advantage of more than a minute.

"We rode a decent time trial and even if we still lost a lot of time I'm relieved", said Bardet.

Defending champion Chris Froome made up for some lost time as his Team Sky finished second.

Team Sky (38:50) were second fastest to help four-time victor Froome climb the standings, with Quick-Step Floors another three seconds adrift in third.

It was all about the team for Thomas, though, even if he missed out on the yellow jersey by three seconds. Celebrating his 18th Tour participation, the 39-year-old's effort ended with 13km to race but it was one which earned him the jury award as the day's most aggressive rider. "That's the nature of the game".

Overall, Froome is in 18th place, 55 seconds off the pace and still 44 behind 2017 Giro d'Italia victor Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, who with Team Sunweb only lost seven seconds to the Briton on Monday.

Patrick Bevin is a stage victor at the Tour de France.

The Tour remains in western France for Stage 3 on Monday with a 35.5-kilometre team time trial that starts and finishes in Cholet.

Times were taken from the fourth rider on each eight-man team to cross the line.

The last team out on the course was the one with the rider in the overall lead, Bora Hansgrohe, and as they approached the second time check it was clear that Peter Sagan would be surrendering the yellow jersey, the road world champion blowing up moments later, putting it beyond doubt that the lead would change hands.

"Today, we just handled business", said Van Garderen, who has twice finished in the top five at the Tour but is riding this edition in a declared supporting role for Porte. "It just shows that we are here, too, and let's get it on".

Crosswinds permitting, the first wearer of the yellow jersey should be decided in a mass sprint.

A year ago, Sagan was kicked out of the Tour after race organizers ruled he caused a crash that broke the shoulder blade of Mark Cavendish in a sprint finish to end Stage 4.

The only individual time trial of the race comes in the penultimate stage, over a 31-kilometer route from Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle to Espelette in the Basque country.