BMC’s Rohan Dennis put himself into the overall race lead after playing an active role in the squad’s performance and crossing the line first, deposing Peter Kennaugh (Sky) from the top of the GC. BMC team leader and overall hope Tejay van Garderen lies in second place, at the same time as Dennis.
With four mountain stages looming before the race concludes on Sunday, van Garderen has given himself a very handy buffer over his rivals before the climbing starts.
British hope Chris Froome ended the day 35 seconds down on van Garderen after Sky placed sixth on the stage, and also lost significant time to Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
British brothers Simon and Adam Yates fared better, as their Orica-GreenEdge team placed fifth. They now sit in 21st and 22nd place overall going into Wednesday’s stage four.
Critérium du Dauphiné 2015, stage three: Roanne to Montagny, 24.5km team time trial
1. BMC Racing in 29-58
2. Astana at 4 secs
3. Movistar at 5 secs
4. Etixx-QuickStep at 18 secs
5. Orica-GreenEdge at 23 secs
6. Team Sky at 35 secs
7. Cannondale-Garmin at 43 secs
8. Lampre-Merida at 47 secs
9. IAM Cycling at 50 secs
10. LottoNL-Jumbo at 54 secs
Overall classification after stage three
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing in 8-00-37
2. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing at same time
3. Anriy Grivko (Kaz) Astana at 4 secs
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana at 4 secs
5. Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana at 4 secs
6. Rein Taaramae (Est) Astana at 4 secs
7. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana at 4 secs
8. Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar at 5 secs
9. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 5 secs
10. John Gadret (Fra) Movistar at 5 secs
19. Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky at 23 secs
21. Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge at 23 secs
22. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge at 23 secs
24. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky at 35 secs
27. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin at 43 secs