Teams give insight into what to expect from crucial Tour de France team time trial

The Tour de France hits an early decisive stage with the Cholet team time trial on stage three

Sunweb at the stage one team time trial at the 2018 Tour de Suisse (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The Tour de France's team time trial is so critical teams have ridden it up to three times to be ready. For a team that suffers, the gaps could "could quickly be minutes" and "it could be damaging" for the overall classification.

The stage three time trial stretches out to the west of Cholet through the Maine-et-Loire. Team Sky and other strong teams will use the 35.5-kilometre stage to hammer down their rivals.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.