Froome booed as BMC edge Sky in team time-trial

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

What had once been viewed as an opportunity to make time had become a chance to gain it back after Froome lost 51 seconds to his main rivals on Saturday.

Van Avermaet earned the yellow jersey by leading BMC over the line, just ahead of American teammate Tejay van Garderen, who moved up to second overall, with the same time as Van Avermaet.

"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". "But this is the biggest one in the world and you get to stand up there on the podium with your team-mates, and having a team-mate jump into the yellow jersey is another cool aspect", said Bevin, who is now the third New Zealand rider to triumph in team time trial at the Tour, following past successes from Julian Dean and Chris Jenner.

However he won a stage later in the race, coming close on other days too, and finished fourth overall behind victor Geraint Thomas.

Third place went to the Quick-Step Floors team, seven seconds behind Sky. I need to go into the race and just see what happens. "You have to step up and deliver on the day and that's not an easy thing to do on a Tour de France team time trial stage". "That's the nature of the game".

Chavanel, who has said this will be his last Tour, soaked up applause from French fans on his solo run, and he even had time to raise his arms in celebration as he passed through the crowds that lined the road midway through the stage.

"You have to focus, we are aiming at getting ideal execution", he said.

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Mitchelton-Scott were nine seconds adrift of BMC, while world team time trial champions Team Sunweb were another two seconds slower in fifth.

Among the big losers today were Nairo Quintana, whose Movistar team came home 53 seconds down on BMC Racing, Bahrain-Merida with 2014 Tour de France victor Vincenzo Nibali, 1 minute and 6 seconds down, and Romain Bardet's AG2R-La Mondiale, who came home 1 minute 15 seconds behind the day's victor.

Romain Bardet's AG2R La Mondiale were 12th, 75 seconds down, while Dan Martin's UAE Team Emirates team were down in 15th, 1:39 off the pace after key man Oliviero Troia suffered an early puncture.

"Obviously it was a tough one today but the big strong guys did a great job and it was a flawless team time trial", Porte told Cycling.com.

"There was way too much wind for me", said the slightly-built Porte. Smith was focussed on winning the climber's polka dot jersey, and once he had secured that after the only classified climb came early in the stage, he was called back to the bunch to help his team. "It was all about trying to win the stage".

Kiwi rider Patrick Bevin leads BMC Racing through the team time trial course on the Tour de France. We all want to be successful here. "We were close but not quite quick enough".

For Porte, the stage win took on special significance as it marked a year since he crashed out of last year's Tour on the decent into Chambery on the ninth stage. "We had a clear plan and we're happy because we pulled it off".

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