BMC Racing Edges Team Sky In Tour de France Stage 3

Greg Van Avermaet took the yellow jersey, while Chris Froome got booed.


By ​AFP/Bicycling.com |

A team time trial shook up the Tour de France General Classification on Monday when BMC Racing edged Team Sky by four seconds to take the lead, putting Belgian rider Greg Van Avermaet in the yellow jersey.

Quick-Step Floors came in third at seven seconds behind BMC, but because star rider Fernando Gaviria was dropped along the route, he failed to reclaim the yellow that he had earned in Stage 1.

“It’s a great feeling and very good for the team,” Van Avermaet said. “I have my chances to win tomorrow, too, and also at the Roubaix.”

It was also a satisfying day for Chris Froome, who faced some booing at the start line but later worked with his team to make up some of the valuable time he lost in the opening stage on Saturday.

Froome, the defending champion and a four-time Tour winner, lost four seconds to Richie Porte but took five seconds off British rival Adam Yates, eight seconds off world champion Tom Dumoulin of Sunweb, and 50 seconds off Colombia’s Nairo Quintana. He was also more than a minute quicker than French hopeful Romain Bardet.

This article originally appeared on Bicycling.com.

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