Tour de France: Froome and Thomas hit crash trouble

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Porte knows he has the legs, having this year claimed the Tour Down Under, the Tour de Romandie and stages of Paris Nice and the Criterium Du Dauphine, the latter in which he was clearly the strongest rider.

Thomas added: "I'm not sure who was the first one down but myself and Froomey must have been in the top 10 or 15 and we had nowhere to go so we hit the deck". Team Sky's Geraint Thomas retains the yellow jersey as race leader.

Peter Sagan, the world champion, won today's third stage of the Tour de France despite unclipping from his pedal midway through the uphill sprint in Longwy.

A wet first stage in Dusseldorf caused carnage with Alejandro Valverde, a podium finisher in 2015, crashing out on the rain-slickened roads, dealing a blow to his teammate Nairo Quintana's hopes of overall victory. The time trial specialists and sprinters had the advantage over the first two days of the Tour, but Monday's stage contains plenty of short climbs that should mix things up. Moreover, there's the final climb which will bring difficulties to the aspiring stage 3 winner riders.

In total, 198 competitors in nine teams are taking part in the race that finishes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on 23 July. The final 100km of the 12th stage is especially difficult, with the final kilometre alone featuring 200m with a 16% gradient.

"It wasn't a day to take risks", he said.

Although the race jury said there was nothing illegal, at least two teams complained, saying there was an obvious gain in aerodynamics.

The points and mountains jersey are on the line.

"Is he the top rival?"

"If we're honest and look to the plan, it didn't work at all". So many people. And for me, it would be wrong to say I had no pressure, it all comes out now and I really wanted to have this win. And with Sky looking as strong as they do, that may reduce even those meager opportunities. He joined BMC Racing for the 2016 season and has extended his stay with team beyond this year.

NBCSN will be doing the TV coverage while the game can be watched online live on FuboTV. On Monday, the Sagan Show began in earnest.

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