Geraint Thomas won time on his competitors for the overall Tour de France victory by completing 2d on degree two’s group time trial with Team Ineos.
The British-primarily based team had been first out and finished the 27.6km race around Brussels in 29 minutes 18 seconds.
Jumbo-Visma received the degree with the aid of 20 seconds, so surprise level one winner Mike Teunissen extends his race lead.
But protecting champion Thomas’ crew turned into quicker than Adam Yates, Jakob Fuglsang and Thibaut Pinot.
Yates, who rides for Mitchelton-Scott, and Astana’s Fuglsang, each completed 21 seconds slower than Ineos, who also have Egan Bernal – joint crew leader with Thomas – chasing the overall win, whilst Pinot’s Groupama FDJ lost 12 seconds.
Ineos who in no way received a crew time trial stage on the Tour in their former guise as Team Sky tweeted: “It wasn’t to be for the stage victory but this has to go down as a high-quality day at the Tour de France 2019.
“We end 2d in the TTT [team time trial], taking day trip of a number of GC [general classification] opponents in Brussels.”
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‘We joked that might take place’
Thomas, a time trial specialist, led the 8-man Ineos crew down the begin ramp and that they set what proved to be a highly competitive time to propel their Colombian rider Bernal as much as seventh inside the preferred type (GC), at the equal time because the Welshman who climbed 103 places to 8th.
“I misplaced 20 seconds to [Steven] Kruijswijk, who’s a danger as well, but with all the relaxation of the GC contenders we won time, which is ideal,” Thomas stated.
“As a team, it indicates we are in a virtually exact area. It become just a disgrace to be hanging around all day to be overwhelmed with the aid of the final team, but we joked this morning that would happen.”
It changed into additionally an awesome day for Britain’s Alex Dowsett, who gained a document-equalling sixth countrywide time trial identify in May.
The 30-year-antique helped the unfancied Swiss group Katusha-Alpecin finish fifth as he moved as much as twenty third in the GC standings.
Vincenzo Nibali, the maximum a success Grand Tour rider in this year’s race, having won the 2014 Tour, Giro d’Italia titles and one Vuelta a Espana, misplaced 16 seconds on Thomas and Bernal after his Bahrain-Merida team completed 9th.
The 34-yr-old Italian, who completed 2nd within the Giro d’Italia in June, could yet mission in his favoured terrain while the race hits the Pyrenees and Alps in the second and third weeks.
It became additionally a disappointing day for Australia’s Richie Porte as his Trek-Segafredo team completed 18th of the 22 teams, one minute and 18 seconds in the back of Jumbo-Visma, leaving him almost a minute behind his most important competitors for the yellow jersey.