CAV’S MEN EDGED BY ONE SEC­OND

TOUR DE FRANCE

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MARK CAVENDISH’S Omega Pharma-Quick-Step squad were beaten by a sin­gle sec­ond in the team time trial.

The Orica GreenEdge squad held off the Manx Mis­sile’s team to make it two stage vic­to­ries on the trot.

The Aus­tralian squad – whose bus crashed into the fin­ish to cause chaos on stage one – made it back-to-back wins when Si­mon Ger­rans sprinted to vic­tory in Nice to put the 33-year-old for­mer Team Sky rider into the yel­low jersey.

Team Sky set­tled for third place, three sec­onds back, af­ter an­other gritty ride from Geraint Thomas and his cracked pelvis.

This is likely the per­fect sce­nario for Tour favourite Chris Froome, who has kept any time losses to an ab­so­lute min­i­mum while not need­ing to de­fend the yel­low jersey too early in the Tour.

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