Deep breath everyone, we’re diving back into Bergen!
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.
Team Sunweb delivered a sublime performance from kilometre zero to the finish line that saw Michael Matthews double his victory tally and move within touching distance of the maillot vert. The Australian blasted around the around the final bend, edging out a fast-finishing Edvald Boasson Hagen and a disgruntled John Degenkolb. The threat of crosswinds stalked the peloton all day and when they did hit the only GC contender caught out in the echelon action was Quick Step Floor’s Dan Martin. Chris Froome remains in yellow.