Sagan unclips from pedal mid-sprint but still wins stage three

Sagan unclips from pedal mid-sprint but still wins stage three

Sagan unclips from pedal mid-sprint but still wins stage three

The Welshman's role at this Tour is to help protect Sky team leader and reigning champion Chris Froome, which means he would usually have the three-time Tour winner sitting on his back wheel.

"For the riders it must be disappointing to see how strong Sky are", American LeMond, who is on the Tour as an analyst for Eurosport, told Reuters.

Thomas completed the opening 14-kilometre time trial in 16 minutes and four seconds to win by five seconds from BMC Racing's Stefan Kung.

The 212.5km third stage on Monday was set to start in Verviers and finish in Longwy, as the peloton prepared to leave Belgium and enter French territory for the first time.

"We summoned the team's sports directors to check the jerseys".

The stage was won by Germany's Marcel Kittel, out-sprinting Mark Cavendish who finished a creditable fourth. Behind closed doors, they think they've got the guy to do it. He's got the track record.

Fans will also benefit from rider profiles to understand more about environments and circumstances in which riders perform best. It is a great day. There was - as the experts call it - an attack right the end, after yet another uphill.

Several riders spoke of holding back slightly to avoid the fate that befell Valverde. "I don't want people to think last year was a fluke".

Thomas was forced to withdraw from the Giro d'Italia in May after he suffered a shoulder injury during the ninth stage, but he put that behind him with the victory in Germany. The good thing was I came pretty late, I could jump from the wheels.

Porte is among the favorites to challenge Froome after a solid start to the season, with wins at the Tour Down Under and Tour de Romandie and a second-place finish at the Criterium du Dauphine.

The stage will begin at 6:25 a.m. ET, with live coverage provided by NBCSN in the United States. "When I caught him, I looked where we were and sat up as I wanted to wait a little", he said.

Michal Kwiatkowski led Froome and Thomas to the finishing ninth and eighth respectively.

He believes he's significantly closed the gap to Froome, but the Tasmanian acknowledged the Tour didn't just present physical challenges.

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