Tour de France: TTT – Aussie, Aussie, Aussie


A second successive win for Orica-GreenEdge’s puts stage 3 winner Simon Gerrans into yellow whilst Froome takes time on his GC rivals

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Yellow: Simon Gerrans
Points: Peter Sagan
KoM: Pierre Rolland
Young Rider: Michal Kwiatkowski


One day after Simon Gerrans beat Peter Sagan to give his team its first stage victory in the Tour de France, the 33-year-old from Australia joined eight others – Michael Albasini, Simon Clarke, Matt Goss, Daryl Impey, Brett Lancaster, Cameron Meyer, Stuart O’Grady and Svein Tuft – to win a second successive stage and become the sixth Aussie to wear the Yellow jersey.

The stage also saw the team set a new record average speed for the Tour and the Team Time Trial of 57.841, over 35mph.

One of this team, Stuart O’Grady, in his 17th Tour, was amongst the quintet of Australians to have worn the coveted ‘maillot jaune’ before but now there are six Aussies with those bragging rights including Gerrans.

Gerrans began the 25km team time trial ranked third overall, one second behind Jan Bakelants (Radioshack) but he ended it with same cumulative time as two team-mates – Impey and Albasini… a trio from one team who stood on the podium as winners of the fourth stage of the 100th Tour de France.

Simon Gerrans: New yellow jersey holder and only the sixth Aussie to do that, Gerrans was understably stoked after the win by his team.

“It’s a dream come true” says Gerrans afterwards. “Yesterday I was able to win the stage off the back of a fantastic team effort and today we really showed how close we are as a team and how well we work together. It doesn’t get much better than the stage win and the yellow jersey”.

“Never in our wildest dreams did we expect the next win for Orica GreenEdge to come today. Having Stuart (O’Grady, 17 tours) with us was fantastic. He’s a real captain of the team on the road, never hesitates to call the shots, and fantastic role model for the young guys.”


Back on the mainland

The Tour de France was back on the mainland for the first time in the 100th edition of the race. The 25km fourth stage was a team time trial that started and finished in Nice. Teams raced away from the Avenue de Suede at four-minute intervals and the finish was on the famous Promenade des Anglais.

Argos-Shimano was the first to begin the stage that effectively had a flat profile. The starting order was the reverse of the position of the teams’ general classification that RadioShack-Leopard led after three stages. The first team started at 3.15pm, while Bakelants and his eight team-mates set off at 4.39pm. It was sunny in Nice and the temperature was around 26 degrees Celsius.

There were two teams with just eight riders: Cofidis and Astana. The times were taken on the fifth rider from each team to the line. Although Omega Pharma-Quickstep are world champions after the UCI’s inaugural TTT in 2012, they didn’t wear rainbow jersey to signal that status, not did the individual TT champion Tony Martin wear his rainbow jersey.

Omega Pharma-Quickstep set the early standard
Ted King is one of numerous riders who sustained injuries in crashes on day one. He was dropped by his Cannondale team-mates almost as soon as the riders rolled away from the start. By then Omega Pharma, that started two places ahead of Cannondale, was at the turn point with a time that would not be beaten. The Belgian team ride the first 13km at an average speed of 58.8km/h.

And they continued at almost the same pace all the way to the finish. Their average speed for the 25km was 57.8km/h. It wasn’t until the arrival of the 18th team to start, Orica-GreenEdge that Omega’s time would be beaten.

The winner of stage three moved up on GC to third overall with his win in Calvi. His team was third-best when it reached the turnaround point, 3” behind Omega Pharma-Quickstep, but the Australian-registered team beat the Belgian squad’s time by one second at the finish after sprinting for all they worth over the final 500 metres.

Five Australians have worn the yellow jersey at the Tour before – Phil Anderson, Stuart O’Grady, Brad McGee, Robbie McEwen and Cadel Evans – but this is the first time that an Australian team has won a TTT… and had a rider on the roster in the lead of the Tour’s general classification.

David Millar: A rider hoping to be in yellow after the Team Time Trial, David Millar didn’t realise that dream after his team failed to top the result sheet. “The ride went fantastic, I was the one who probably let the team down a bit; I just wasn’t on a good day.”

“The team were incredible. It is disappointing but we didn’t make any mistakes so we can’t beat ourselves up. We knew we were one of the strongest teams but it’s the Tour de France, every team here is incredibly strong so whilst its disappointing, that’s racing.”

We came to the Tour with a lot of different objectives and this was one of them but we didn’t get it, we almost got the yellow jersey on Sunday  so we are close but there are still two and half weeks of racing so till loads to go for.”

Geraint Thomas getting better each day

Geraint Thomas: “I treated that like it was the Team Pursuit final at the Games” he explained to ITV4. “I went full gas onto the promenade and did what I could to hang in there with the boys.”

“Once we were at speed, I wasn’t too bad and started to go through and gave it absolutely everything in the final 2k. It was dissapointing too as today would have been awesome without that crack (bone).”

“I was really scared of the race to be honest. I didn’t think I’d get through. But I can put more and more power out every day. The first day, 400 watts max, yesterday was about 450 but today in the warm up, I managed to get to 700.”

“The strategy was to start at the back and let the boys do their thing and for me to hang in there. Fortunately I was able to and then do what I could and manage to give them a few turns. I never got carried away at the start and try and do too much.”


1. Orica GreenEDGE 25:56 57.841 kph
2. Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ 0:01
3. Sky Procycling @ 0:03
4. Team Saxo-Tinkoff @0:10
5. Garmin – Sharp @0:17
6. Lotto Belisol Team @ st
7. Cofidis Solutions Crédits @0:20
8. Movistar Team @ st
9. Lampre – Merida @0:25
10. BMC Racing Team @0:26 56.890
11. RadioShack – Leopard @0:28
12. Katusha Team @ st
13. Vacansoleil – DCM @0:33
14. Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @0:34
15. Belkin Pro Cycling Team @0:37
16. Equipe Cycliste FDJ @0:42
17. Astana Pro Team @0:56
18. AG2R La Mondiale @1:04 55.556
19. Sojasun @1:10
20. Team Europcar @1:13
21. Euskaltel – Euskadi @1:24
22. Team Argos – Shimano @1:47

1 GERRANS Simon Orica GreenEDGE 12:47:24
2 IMPEY Daryl Orica GreenEDGE @ st
3 ALBASINI Michael Orica GreenEDGE @ st
4 KWIATKOWSKI Michal Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 00:01
5 CHAVANEL Sylvain Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
6 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald Sky Procycling 00:03
7 FROOME Christopher Sky Procycling @ st
8 PORTE Richie Sky Procycling @ st
9 ROCHE Nicolas Team Saxo-Tinkoff 00:09
10 KREUZIGER Roman Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
11 ROGERS Michael Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
12 CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
13 MILLAR David Garmin – Sharp 00:17
14 VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen Lotto Belisol Team @ st
15 HANSEN Adam Lotto Belisol Team @ st
16 HESJEDAL Ryder Garmin – Sharp @ st
17 VANDE VELDE Christian Garmin – Sharp @ st
18 TALANSKY Andrew Garmin – Sharp @ st
19 MARTIN Daniel Garmin – Sharp @ st
20 DANIELSON Thomas Garmin – Sharp @ st
21 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro Movistar Team 00:20
22 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander Movistar Team @ st
23 AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA Andrey Movistar Team @ st
24 COSTA Rui Movistar Team @ st
25 CUNEGO Damiano Lampre – Merida 00:25
26 NIEMIEC Przemyslaw Lampre – Merida @ st
27 SERPA PEREZ Jose Rodolfo Lampre – Merida @ st
28 EVANS Cadel BMC Racing Team 00:26
29 GILBERT Philippe BMC Racing Team @ st
30 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC Racing Team @ st
31 MOINARD Amaël BMC Racing Team @ st
32 BAKELANTS Jan RadioShack – Leopard 00:28
33 VORGANOV Eduard Katusha Team @ st
34 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquim Katusha Team @ st
35 MORENO FERNáNDEZ Daniel Katusha Team @ st
36 MONFORT Maxime RadioShack – Leopard 00:29
37 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar RadioShack – Leopard @ st
38 SCHLECK Andy RadioShack – Leopard @ st
39 KL̦DEN Andr̩as RadioShack РLeopard @ st
40 LAGUTIN Sergey Vacansoleil – DCM 00:33
41 POELS Wout Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
42 FLECHA Juan Antonio Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
43 SAGAN Peter Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 00:34
44 MOLLEMA Bauke Belkin Pro Cycling Team 00:37
45 NORDHAUG Lars Petter Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
46 TANKINK Bram Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
47 TEN DAM Laurens Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
48 JEANNESSON Arnold Equipe Cycliste 00:42
49 PINOT Thibaut Equipe Cycliste @ st
50 GENIEZ Alexandre Equipe Cycliste @ st
51 FAVILLI Elia Lampre – Merida 00:48
52 FUGLSANG Jakob Astana Pro Team 00:56
53 KESSIAKOFF Fredrik Astana Pro Team @ st
54 BRAJKOVIč Janez Astana Pro Team @ st
55 BARDET Romain AG2R La Mondiale 01:04
56 PERAUD Jean-Christophe AG2R La Mondiale @ st
57 BOUET Maxime AG2R La Mondiale @ st
58 GADRET John AG2R La Mondiale @ st
59 SIMON Julien Sojasun 01:10
60 FEILLU Brice Sojasun @ st
61 MEDEREL Maxime Sojasun @ st
62 MALACARNE Davide Team Europcar 01:13
63 ROLLAND Pierre Team Europcar @ st
64 VOECKLER Thomas Team Europcar 01:15
65 MORI Manuele Lampre – Merida 01:16
66 LE MEVEL Christophe Cofidis Solutions Crédits 01:20
67 NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
68 ASTARLOZA CHAURREAU Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi 01:24
69 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
70 ANTON HERNANDEZ Igor Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
71 NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
72 GAVAZZI Francesco Astana Pro Team 01:44
73 DE MARCHI Alessandro Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 01:57
74 VUILLERMOZ Alexis Sojasun 03:39
75 ARASHIRO Yukiya Team Europcar 03:42
76 MORABITO Steve BMC Racing Team 04:32
77 GASPAROTTO Enrico Astana Pro Team 04:36
78 RIBLON Christophe AG2R La Mondiale 04:44
79 MOLARD Rudy Cofidis Solutions Crédits 05
80 FEDRIGO Pierrick Equipe Cycliste 05:01
81 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion Euskaltel – Euskadi 05:04
82 MARINO Jean Marc Sojasun 05:24
83 TROFIMOV Yuri Katusha Team 05:30
84 GALLOPIN Tony RadioShack – Leopard 05:31
85 SCHAR Michael BMC Racing Team 05:51
86 DELAPLACE Anthony Sojasun 06:01
87 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team 06:04
88 KOREN Kristjan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 06:12
89 LEMOINE Cyril Sojasun 06:48
90 EL FARES Julien Sojasun @ st
91 GAUTIER Cyril Team Europcar 07:47
92 PLAZA MOLINA Ruben Movistar Team 08:06
93 BENNATI Daniele Team Saxo-Tinkoff 08:35
94 TOSATTO Matteo Team Saxo-Tinkoff 08:52
95 GESINK Robert Belkin Pro Cycling Team 09:03
96 KENNAUGH Peter Sky Procycling 09:18
97 CIMOLAI Davide Lampre – Merida 09:40
98 BRUTT Pavel Katusha Team 09:46
99 MOSER Moreno Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 09:49
100 VICHOT Arthur Equipe Cycliste 09:57
101 HIVERT Jonathan Sojasun 10:29
102 LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto Katusha Team 11:24
103 DE CLERCQ Bart Lotto Belisol Team 13
104 ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin Movistar Team 13:03
105 DIDIER Laurent RadioShack – Leopard 13:29
106 TAARAMäE Rein Cofidis Solutions Crédits 13:36
107 CASTROVIEJO Jonathan Movistar Team 13:41
108 IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel RadioShack – Leopard 13:50
109 COPPEL Jérome Cofidis Solutions Crédits 14:03
110 KIRYIENKA Vasil Sky Procycling 14:07
111 HERNáNDEZ BLAZQUEZ Jesús Team Saxo-Tinkoff 14:13
112 LEVARLET Guillaume Cofidis Solutions Crédits 14:15
113 MOREIRA PAULINHO Sergio Miguel Team Saxo-Tinkoff 14:30
114 VOIGT Jens RadioShack – Leopard 14:33
115 QUINZIATO Manuel BMC Racing Team 14:46
116 DUMOULIN Tom Team Argos – Shimano 14:47
117 VEILLEUX David Team Europcar 15:20
118 SMUKULIS Gatis Katusha Team 15:21
119 BONO Matteo Lampre – Merida 16:09
120 VELITS Peter Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 17:35
121 MARTIN Tony Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
122 CLARKE Simon Orica GreenEDGE 17:36
123 BAK Lars Ytting Lotto Belisol Team 18:02
124 KADRI Blel AG2R La Mondiale 18:04
125 MARANGONI Alan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 18:25
126 DUPONT Hubert AG2R La Mondiale 18:49
127 BODNAR Maciej Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 18:54
128 MEYER Cameron Orica GreenEDGE 19:06
129 VAN POPPEL Boy Vacansoleil – DCM 19:13
130 GESCHKE Simon Team Argos – Shimano 19:21
131 DENNIS Rohan Garmin – Sharp 19:44
132 WYNANTS Maarten Belkin Pro Cycling Team 20:32
133 LOPEZ GARCIA David Sky Procycling 21:17
134 GUTIERREZ PALACIOS Jose Iván Movistar Team 21:29
135 BOOM Lars Belkin Pro Cycling Team 21:51
136 ROY Jérémy Equipe Cycliste 21:56
137 GREIPEL Andre Lotto Belisol Team 22:22
138 GARCíA ETXEGIBEL Egoitz Cofidis Solutions Crédits 22:29
139 MATE MARDONES Luis Angel Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
140 VANDBORG Brian Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 22:32
141 OROZ UGALDE Juan Jos̩ Euskaltel РEuskadi 22:33
142 LUTSENKO Aleksey Astana Pro Team 22:54
143 DEGENKOLB John Team Argos – Shimano 22:56
144 DUMOULIN Samuel AG2R La Mondiale 23:13
145 SIUTSOU Kanstantsin Sky Procycling 23:50
146 BURGHARDT Marcus BMC Racing Team 23:53
147 KRISTOFF Alexander Katusha Team 24:15
148 VANMARCKE Sep Belkin Pro Cycling Team 24:22
149 LANCASTER Brett Orica GreenEDGE 24:48
150 DE GENDT Thomas Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
151 GOSS Matthew Orica GreenEDGE 26
152 TUFT Svein Orica GreenEDGE @ st
153 TRENTIN Matteo Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 26:01
154 STANNARD Ian Sky Procycling 26:03
155 ERVITI OLLO Imanol Movistar Team 26:20
156 WESTRA Lieuwe Vacansoleil – DCM 26:33
157 SABATINI Fabio Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 26:34
158 TERPSTRA Niki Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 26:50
159 CAVENDISH Mark Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
160 PINEAU J̩rome Omega Pharma РQuick-Step @ st
161 STEEGMANS Gert Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 27:02
162 MINARD Sébastien AG2R La Mondiale 27:04
163 ROELANDTS Jurgen Lotto Belisol Team 27:06
164 O’GRADY Stuart Orica GreenEDGE @ st
165 GENE Yohann Team Europcar 27:13
166 MALORI Adriano Lampre – Merida 27:14
167 FERRARI Roberto Lampre – Merida 27:15
168 BONNET William Equipe Cycliste 27:19
169 FISCHER Murilo Antonio Equipe Cycliste @ st
170 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas Garmin – Sharp 27:20
171 BOECKMANS Kris Vacansoleil – DCM 27:22
172 HOOGERLAND Johnny Vacansoleil – DCM 27:24
173 HENDERSON Gregory Lotto Belisol Team 27:30
174 SICARD Romain Euskaltel – Euskadi 27:31
175 LEEZER Tom Belkin Pro Cycling Team 27:35
176 THOMAS Geraint Sky Procycling 27:37
177 REZA Kevin Team Europcar 27:44
178 WILLEMS Frederik Lotto Belisol Team @ st
179 CURVERS Roy Team Argos – Shimano 27:47
180 FROHLINGER Johannes Team Argos – Shimano @ st
181 BAUER Jack Garmin – Sharp 27:49
182 MURAVYEV Dmitriy Astana Pro Team 27:57
183 SIEBERG Marcel Lotto Belisol Team 28
184 VAN POPPEL Danny Vacansoleil – DCM 28:05
185 KUSCHYNSKI Aleksandr Katusha Team 28:08
186 LOBATO DEL VALLE Juan Jose Euskaltel – Euskadi 28:14
187 KITTEL Marcel Team Argos – Shimano 28:36
188 DE KORT Koen Team Argos – Shimano @ st
189 TIMMER Albert Team Argos – Shimano @ st
190 COUSIN Jérôme Team Europcar 28:45
191 BAZAYEV Assan Astana Pro Team 28:58
192 PEREZ MORENO Ruben Euskaltel – Euskadi 29:13
193 NOVAL GONZALEZ Benjamin Team Saxo-Tinkoff 30:31
194 BOUHANNI Nacer Equipe Cycliste 35
195 VEELERS Tom Team Argos – Shimano 36:05



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