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Cycling | Tour de France

DiData tick the team time-trial box

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka finished the Stage 3 Tour de France time trial in 20th spot on Monday.

BMC Racing took the honours, placing Greg van Avermaet in the overall race leaders yellow jersey.

Team Sky finished in second place with Quickstep-Floors rounding out the stage podium.

For Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, the team time trial was just about getting through the stage with as little hassle as possible.

Without a general classification contender, the pressure was off the African team today as the GC teams battled it out for the overall honours.

BMC Racing set the early benchmark, and while Team Sky came close to the American team finishing just four seconds adrift, BMC's time of 38'46" would stand the test of time.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka would average 52.4km/h for the 35km course, stopping the clock 1'53" behind BMC, and in 20th position on the day.

"It was a nice course today, really fast. We did a good recon of the stage so we got through the stage safely which was the most important aspect for us today. You always need to go just that bit harder in a TTT and it is a technical discipline but we were able to get through it well. Tomorrow's stage is really important for us so that is our next key objective," DiData rider Julien Vermote said after the race.


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