3rd of July 2013 Author: Johnny Karp
Australian rider Simon Gerrans took the leader's yellow jersey after his Orica GreenEdge squad won fourth stage of the Tour de France, the team time trial. Orica GreenEdge took 25 minutes and 56 seconds to ride the 25km course in Nice, finishing just 0.75 of a second faster than Mark Cavendish's Omega Pharma-QuickStep team. Team Sky finished just three seconds adrift. "It's the pinnacle of the sport," said Gerrans.
Geraint Thomas, Team Sky's rider, was back in the saddle in the fourth day even though he had to ride with a broken pelvis. "My race was to get to the promenade after a kilometre and then when I made it there with the team I was buzzing off that and managed to give it what I had," he said after the race. "I was shouting at a lot of my team-mates at the end, we just had to give it everything, we were all full gas trying to encourage each other at the end, and I think we can be proud of that."
Team Sky leader Chris Froome was satisfied of the outcome as he gained time on his main rivals in the general classification: six seconds on Alberto Contador and 23 seconds on Cadel Evans. Froome moved up to seventh in the overall classification, just three seconds behind Gerrans. "If we were in the yellow jersey it would mean that on Wednesday, and the next couple of days, which are predominantly flat, we would do a lot of work which I think would be a bit of unnecessary extra work at the moment for such a small advantage," Froome said. "Personally I felt really good, I was able to do longer pulls on the front. I'm feeling like I'm coming into good form before the mountains."
Gerrans, aged 33, took the overall lead from Belgian rider Bakelants and leads the classification ahead of team-mates Daryl Impey of South Africa and Michael Albasini of Switzerland. "I couldn't have imagined this would happen. It's a dream for me, my team and a lot of people in Australia as well," said Gerrans. "My first coach was Phil Anderson, who was the first Australian to wear the yellow jersey. So to do that as well is something special. I knew there were some special stages for me in the first week. It's a huge satisfaction to win the stage and take the yellow jersey. We'll try and hold it for a couple of days now."
Here are the general classification outright odds for the top five favourites at William Hill:
Chris Froome - 4/6
Alberto Contador - 5/2
Joaquim Rodriguez - 16/1
Cadel Evans - 20/1
Richie Porte - 20/1
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