Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Teunissen hangs on to yellow jersey for Tour de France stage two

Teunissen hangs on to yellow jersey for Tour de France stage two

'I had no issues today (after the crash)'.

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"It is a tough one, but I think G is wise enough to know that he's not had the greatest of runs this year", said Wiggins, a former track and road team mate of Thomas.

Thomas and Bernal picked up 12 seconds on Thibaut Pinot, 16 on Vincenzo Nibali and 21 on both Adam Yates and Jakob Fuglsang, who looked untroubled by the knee injury he suffered in a late spill on Saturday.

Because the crash occurred less than 3km from the finish, Thomas - who swiftly remounted after being forced into a barrier - will not lose time in the overall standings and nor will fellow Team Ineos member Egan Bernal of Colombia, who was also caught up in the accident.

Ineos were first off the ramp for Sunday's 27.6km run around Brussels and sat in the hot seat for nearly two hours before watching the final team to start, Jumbo-Visma, beat their time of 29 minutes 18 seconds by 20 seconds to keep Saturday's shock stage victor Mike Teunissen in the yellow jersey.

Surrounded by teammates best-suited for the flat terrain, including former time trial world champion Tony Martin, Teunissen was up to the task too, taking solid turns at the front in his aerodynamic skinsuit and helmet.

Wiggins said Thomas, who has not had the best of build-ups, will not be concerned.

As the first-placed squad on the team classification, Jumbo-Visma rolled down last from the starting ramp near Brussels' Royal Palace.

The Dutch team roared across the line next to the city's iconic Atomium in 28 minutes, 58 seconds, with Deceuninck-QuickStep a second behind Team Ineos in third. "We invested in knowledge and in materials together with our partners for this season, we're glad that we were able to do a decent race today because of this", said sports director Dmitriy Fofonov. 'The competition is strong, but we've been working for years with a good plan, loyal sponsors and the right people in the right place. Those looking for signs this will be an open and competitive Tour de France, will see the minimal time differences between the main contenders as a sign of how tight it is.

After two days in Belgium, the peloton will enter France during Monday's Stage 3 which leads riders from the Belgian town of Binche to Epernay in the Champagne region.

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