A sweltering day in Cholet delivered an intriguing team time trial. BMC won the battle of the big guns claiming victory by four seconds, negating Richie Porte‘s time loss and delivering the yellow jersey to Greg Van Avermaet for the second time in his career. Team Sky‘s second place moved Geraint Thomas up to third overall. Quick-Step Floors took third despite a crisis on the sharp climb that saw them in complete disarray.
BMC delivered a smooth, silky performance on a tight, tortuous tester of a team time trial in Nîmes. The men in red and black powered around the course six seconds faster than current World Champions Quick Step Floors. Sunweb rounded out the podium in third place just a smidgen of a second slower. Australian TT specialist Rohan Dennis led the BMC phalanx over the line to claim the first red jersey.
I doubt our guest VeloVoice David Fletcher, who writes in Spanish for http://www.sprint-final.com, was even thinking about Whitesnake’s lyrics when he spoke with Quick-Stepper Matteo Trentin and BMC’s Nico Roche about their hopes and dreams just days before the start of 104th Tour de France in Dusseldorf. But unfortunately, as it turned out, the lyrics are quite apt. All will be revealed.