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Froome remains in yellow despite losing team trial by a second

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By Euronews  with REUTERS
Froome remains in yellow despite losing team trial by a second

<p><span class="caps">BMC</span> Racing were the winners on the ninth stage of the Tour de France, a 28-kilometre team-trial which ended in Plumelec in Brittany.</p> <p>They clocked 32 minutes and 15 seconds to beat Team Sky by the slimmest of margins – just one second.</p> <p>It was expected to be a day for Chris Froome’s main rivals to make the most out of his supposed weakness in the tricky opening block of racing. </p> <p>But the Briton’s bid for the title is firmly on track as Team Sky closed ranks and remained solid.</p> <p>Third place went to Movistar, four seconds behind as Colombian climber Nairo Quintana limited damage caused by Froome and <span class="caps">BMC</span>’s leader Tejay van Garderen.</p> <p>The American is now Froome’s biggest competitor for the yellow jersey, riding some 12 seconds back in the overall standings. </p> <p>In the general classification the other big challengers lost ground. Spain’s Alberto Contador is struggling in fifth while defending champion Vincenzo Nibali of Italy is 13th.</p> <p>Froome, the 2013 champion, will now be keen to all but wrap up the race as it goes into the mountains – the Pyrenees in the second week and the Alps in the third.</p> <p>Monday will see the riders off the road as they enjoy a rest.</p>