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Vincenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana Romain Bardet and Richie Porte- Tour de France 2018 Who are the favourites to challenge Team Sky's defending champion Chris Froome

It was all about the team for Thomas, though, even if he missed out on the yellow jersey by three seconds.

The roadside spectators who booed Chris Froome at the Tour de France presentation and those who cheered at the stage 1 finish line when he fell will have the flawless opportunity to target the champion on Monday's team time-trial.

The eight Sky riders will race the 35.5 kilometres (22 miles) of Monday's team time-trial alone, as each group embarks at two minute intervals.

Fernando Gaviria will be the first rider to don the yellow jersey at this year's Tour de France after winning the first stage, from Noirmoutier-en-l'ile to Fontenay-le-Comte in western France, on Saturday.

Porte, who lost 51 seconds in the opening stage after being delayed behind a pile-up, helped his team edge out Team Sky by four seconds after they completed the 35.5 kilometre circuit around Cholet in 38 minutes 46 seconds.

Froome was squeezed out of the road and ended up on his backside in a field with around 6km to go to the end of the stage.

Vincenzo Nibali's Bahrain-Merida squad were 11th on the day, giving up 62 seconds to Sky, while Romain Bardet's AG2R La Mondiale team finished 12th, 71 seconds off Sky's time.

"We'll try our best for the team, it'll be hard but you never know in cycling", said the yellow jersey wearer on his chances of holding on to it.

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It was also a very satisfying day for Froome, the Kenyan-born Briton ignoring some booing at the start line and making up some of the valuable time he lost on Saturday's first stage. "I love France and the Tour, which is the most handsome race on the planet".

"We were right at the front of the peloton in the top third, there wasn't much more the guys could have done".

"The yellow jersey is one that everyone dreams of wearing and to get it on the first day is awesome", Gaviria said. "It's part of the game unfortunately", said Froome, who went down with about 5 kilometres to go as the sprinters' teams jockeyed for position.

Movistar's Nairo Quintana - who has finished second twice and third once behind Froome in the past five years - lost more time as his team finished 53 seconds off the pace.

Chris Froome's bid for a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title got off to a shaky start Saturday after a dramatic crash left him trailing first stage victor Fernando Gaviria by over one minute.

The World Anti-Doping Agency accepted Froome's explanation of the result, which essentially challenged the foundation of the test, showing that levels of excretion can vary widely as a result of factors such as dehydration.

"There wasn't much the team could have done for me", he said after being accompanied across the line by Luke Rowe. It's still a long way to Paris but it's great to win a stage at the Tour and we will enjoy this moment. "It just shows that we are here, too, and let's get it on". "We were close but not quite quick enough". "We had a clear plan and we're happy because we pulled it off".

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