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10 July 2018, 07:23 | Henrietta Morgan
Froome right and Rowe are prepared for verbal and physical abuse during the TourSTEPHANE MAHE REUTERS
The Solvakian's Bora Hansgrohe team finished in seventh spot, 50 seconds down on the stage winners, but he will wear the green jersey on stage four.
They stopped the clock on 38:55 but they were soon out of the "hotseat" as Sky - second off - came through five seconds quicker.
Movistar could only manage 10th place on the day, 50 seconds off Team Sky's pace, which means Froome is nearly back on level terms with Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde, while Nairo Quintana dropped even further back after his opening day woes.
Stage victor Slovakia's Peter Sagan, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium after the second stage of the Tour de France.
Dan Martin's UAE Team Emirates team, meanwhile, could only manage 15th place, one minute 39 seconds off the winning time, after key man Oliviero Troia suffered an early puncture.
Overall, Froome is in 18th place, 55 seconds off the pace and still 44 behind 2017 Giro d'Italia victor Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, who with Team Sunweb only lost seven seconds to the Briton on Monday.
Chris Froome will also be a relatively happy camper after Team Sky finished second on the stage, just four seconds behind the BMC juggernaut. "It's been a great little journey over the past couple of months to come to this team and become part of a really tight team time trial unit and to really add to that is something I will be proud of for a long time", he said.
The Briton crossed the line 51 seconds behind Tour debutant Gaviria, who won a bunch sprint after the 201km ride from Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile ahead of world champion Peter Sagan and German Marcel Kittel, second and third respectively.
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) lost almost a minute to his chief rivals, while Vincenzo Nibali, Romain Bardet and Ilnur Zakarin also losing decent chunks of time.
Indeed, you only had to look at the scheduled start times to see just who among the favourites was in need of gaining back some time. It also put American teammate Tejay van Garderen in second place at the same time.
Froome's misfortune is a boost for France's Romain Bardet, seen along with Quintana as the four-time champion's main rival in this year's race, and also for Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, the 2017 Giro d'Italia victor.
The other members of BMC are Kiwi rider Patrick Bevin, Damiano Caruso, Simon Gerrans, Stefan Kung and Michael Schar. "I feel maybe even better (than last year)".
"Right now it is more about chest-thumping and psychological advantages".
He lies 20th overall, one minute off leader Greg Van Avermaet and 57 seconds off Thomas, but nevertheless in the same ballpark as the bulk of GC riders. As I've said from the start, the legs are good. "It just shows that we are here, too, and let's get it on".
Tuesday's fourth stage is a 195-km flat ride from La Baule to Sarzeau.
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