CAV’S MEN EDGED BY ONE SECOND
TOUR DE FRANCE
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.