Nibali unsure on Tour de France tactics, Sagan targets green again

Nibali unsure on Tour de France tactics, Sagan targets green again

Thomas was involved in a mass pile-up in the closing stages but appeared okay.

Putting on a well-choreographed display, the Dutch team's riders covered the route at an average speed of 57.2 kph, close to the record of 57.8 set by Australian team Orica-GreenEdge when they won the 2013 team time trial on a similar distance. Then I took him on the line.

Jumbo-Visma won the stage by 20 seconds, so surprise stage one victor Mike Teunissen extends his race lead.

He won the Tour de France five times. 'It was my tumble and Egan was just behind me so we knew we'd have to start early.

Four-time victor Chris Froome, due to be a teammate of Ineos rider and British compatriot Thomas, misses out after suffering multiple fractures in a crash last month.

The Kiwi's teammates were surprised by his strength throughout the race and ability to keep up despite not being a time trial specialist. Dylan van Baarle, who replaced Froome in the team, was up to the task and there was no weak link on the road.

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"I think we rode well, we communicated well and a couple of times I thought we might have changed a little quicker but everyone was riding really strongly, so we can't to be too disappointed".

Speaking on the eve of the start in Brussels, Nibali said the effort of trying to win the Giro d'Italia this year, when he finished second behind Richard Carapaz, had left him "between a rock and a hard place" at the Tour.

Few riders lost time in the overall classification due to the crash being in the final three kilometres and so those riders' placing put Team Ineos at the bottom of the team ranking and so first off in the team time trial. We heard we were the fastest.

"It's not that I'm getting used to winning stages at the Tour de France but it's two out of two now and it's really, really nice".

After two days in Belgium the race moves into France on Monday with a 215-km trek from Binche to Epernay when Teunissen, 10 seconds ahead, will be confident of retaining the overall lead.

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