Teunissen retains yellow jersey at Tour de France

THE switch from Team Sky to Team Ineos did not bring a change of luck in Tour de France team time trials but another podium finish without victory saw Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal pick up chunks of time on their rivals. The 2019 Tour will go through two countries, Belgium and France, over 21 stages.

"It was a positive day for sure."

The most heavily anticipated event in the cycling calendar will make its return on Saturday as the 2019 Tour de France assembles the best racing talent the world has to offer.

Robert Gorgos, nutritionist on the Bora Hansgrohe team, says his diet plans aim to keep the riders' "brains healthy, too", so they don't get bored of meal-times.

"In the end it ended up being the ideal tactics because the teams that rolled their smaller guys on the flat, they just lost too much time".

"If they realise that one of them winning is good for both of them, then it increases the chances for both of them". I opened up and I had a lot of power. "I don't want to put pressure on myself, I just want to go day by day".

The victory sees Bennett join Patrick Bevin (2018), Julian Dean (2011) and Chris Jenner (2001) as the only Kiwis to win a team time trial in the prestigious event. "I think 20 seconds (to Jumbo-Visma) is a big enough gap to know a few mistakes didn't cost us the stage win".

As the first-placed squad on the team classification, Jumbo-Visma rolled down last from the starting ramp near Brussels' Royal Palace. The former track specialist was riding at the front of the race when the spill occurred and he bumped into barriers. "We could have taken some curves faster but that was a minimal loss".

The 30-year-old will line up for Katusha-Alpecin when the 106th edition of the Tour begins in Brussels today, with tomorrow's team time trial and the stage 13 individual race against the clock his key objectives. The British rider was ruled out of the Tour last month after suffering multiple career-threatening injuries at a warmup race.

"We're there or thereabouts but the race is far from done", Porte said in post-race interview on the Trek-Segafredo Twitter feed. I'd tried to follow him with a view to going for the time bonuses, but it was impossible.

One of the Tour de France overall favourites, Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang also crashed 18km from the finish but struggled back to the peloton looking shocked and bleeding from the head. "Still, we have the yellow jersey in our room, it's really unusual but also very nice".

  • Julie Sanders