Tour de France | Thomas in yellow as first full road stage begins

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Having won the opening time trial Saturday, Thomas remained five seconds ahead of Swiss rider Stefan Kueng in the overall standings.

In the opening week, the specialists are more likely to win stages, and that group includes the likes of Marcel Kittel, Andre Greipel, Nacer Bouhanni, Arnaud Demare and Mark Cavendish. I saw my teammate (Nicolas Roche) bin it and I was petrified to be honest. "I just thought, OK, I need to take my own way, and I was just jumping from wheel to wheel and in the end I could go to the front, and I am super relieved".

Two years ago they faced scrutiny for bringing a camper van to the Giro d'Italia for their then rider Richie Porte to get a better night's sleep.

Frenchmen Thomas Boudat, Laurent Pichon and Yoann Offredo joined Phinney but the quartet never managed to eke out a lead of more than three and a half minutes in miserable, wet conditions. It was a city centre prologue and obviously the roads were a bit greasy in the rain which doesn't help.

- Nairo Quintana has finished on the podium in all three editions of the Tour de France that he has participated in (second in 2013 and 2015, third in 2016).

Defending champion Chris Froome survived a scare in today's second stage of the Tour de France, after a huge crash sent many of Team Sky's riders sprawling.

BMC's Roche was among a number of riders who hit the deck during the stage, others being Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin), Dylan Groenewegen and George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo).

With the chase faltering after that crash, the break crested the day's second and final categorised climb ahead of the chasing bunch, Phinney - making his Tour de France debut after a long, slow recovery from a horrific crash at the 2014 US National Championships - guaranteeing himself the polka-dot jersey this evening. It was slipperier than Bill English out there.

The "Astana" the best became the only Ukrainian on the Tour de France Andrey Grivko, the loser to the winner only 17 seconds.

Thomas made quick response into the match, while things did not seem that easy for Froome.

Froome reassured supporters he was fine following the incident, telling ITV4: 'No injuries, thankfully.

It's as expected really.

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