"The only thing I can really understand from it was that Chris didn't even go to the adverse analytical finding, it didn't even get to that stage, he was asked to explain himself which he got given due process to do and he was cleared by the people that run the sport and doping agency and that's all we really know". Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) 78 3. As I've said from the start, the legs are good.
There was then a long wait in the hot seat and at the end of the stage it was BMC won the stage, with four seconds lead over Sky and seven seconds over Quick-Step Floors.
Chris Froome, who lost 51 seconds on his general classification rivals following a tumble late on stage one, stayed upright alongside his Sky team-mates.
Another Briton Adam Yates was delayed by a fall and two of his Mitchelton Scott teammates were both also involved in separate falls.
Team Sky (38:50) were second fastest to help four-time victor Froome climb the standings, with Quick-Step Floors another three seconds adrift in third.
"I saw a lot of crashes out there today".
"It's a great start for the fans", he added.
With stage one victor Fernando Gaviria among those caught out, Bora-Hansgrohe's Sagan moves into the yellow jersey on bonus seconds after finishing second on Saturday.
The Sunweb man won the points race in Paris a year ago largely due to the fact that two key rivals didn't make it that far.
He told ITV4: "We did an awesome job, the boys were fantastic and past year at the team time trial at the Worlds no one suited up as the strongest and there was not much difference between everyone again today and that's exactly what you want".
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"My team got me into the mix", he said.
That left a small group of around 20 riders fighting for the win, including Sagan, Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Arnaud Demare (FDJ). It was climbing a little bit in a headwind and already the last five kilometres were up and down.
We hear from Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe sports director Enrico Poitschke about the team's victory and from Marcel Kittel, who was third yesterday but also lost the chance to contest the sprint.
The pre-race favorites who finished safely with the main pack included 2014 champion Vincenzo Nibali, Tom Dumoulin, Geraint Thomas, Mikel Landa, Alejandro Valverde and Dan Martin.
"We're happy, we had the yellow and that's part of history".
Romain Bardet is now behind the two, meanwhile, as Ag2r-La Mondiale failed to break the 40-minute mark - team time trialling not being their forte. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) +00:00 5.
Those incidents came as the speed picked up and the peloton reeled in Sylvain Chavanel, the Direct Energie rider who had been away solo since the 35km marker on the 182.5km stage from Mouilleron-Saint-Germain.
Luis Leon Sanchez of Astana pulled out of the race after falling on a traffic island and getting up covered in cuts and climbing crying into the team auto.
Ethiopia's Tsgabu Grmay became the first rider to abandon the race.