Kiwi cyclist Patrick Bevin celebrates BMC team win at Tour de France

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BMC Racing won the 35.5-km team time trial, the third stage of the Tour de France, ahead of Chris Froome's Team Sky, here on Monday.

The result means BMC's Greg van Avermaet has taken the yellow jersey from Peter Sagan, whose team Bora-hansgrohe set a time of 39:36 after dropping him.

Vincenzo Nibali's Bahrain-Merida squad were 11th on the day, giving up 62 seconds to Sky, while Romain Bardet's AG2R La Mondiale team finished 12th, 71 seconds off Sky's time.

Quick-Step Floors finished third (+7 seconds), Adam Yates's Mitchelton-Scott finished fourth (+ 9), while Tom Dumoulin's Team Sunweb finished fifth (+11).

"We're just ... trying to get through the best we can until we get to the mountains", Froome said.

Froome's Sky team mate Geraint Thomas could however prove a thorn in his side as the Welshman, who underlined his credentials by winning the Criterium du Dauphine last month, is third overall, 52 seconds ahead of his leader.

"Today puts us right back in the game", said Porte.

"Obviously it was a tough one today but the big strong guys did a great job and it was a flawless team time trial", Porte told Cycling.com. It would have been nice not to have thrown 51 seconds away on the first day.

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It was a double celebration as the victory also thrust teammate Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium into the yellow jersey.

Movistar could only manage 10th place on the day, 50 seconds off Sky's pace, which meant Froome is nearly back on level terms with Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde while Nairo Quintana drops even further back after his opening day woes.

Sagan, the three-time reigning world champion, came up short in the opening stage's sprint when he crossed second behind victor Fernando Gaviria.

And though Sky missed out on victory - and a chance to put Geraint Thomas in the yellow jersey - Froome was able to eradicate the deficit to numerous other contenders. "It's a long way to go, we still have six more hectic days and then we have also got the Alps and the Pyrenees".

There was no surprises for Movistar's Quintana, who lost another chunk of time to Froome, to whom he came second on the Tour twice.

"It was a huge challenge for the team, it's been incredible for us", said the 33-year-old Briton who was jeered when his name was announced on the starting ramp.

The International Cycling Union WorldTour race is due to continue tomorrow with a 195km stage from La Baule to Sarzeau.

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