Just like 2014, the Movistar Team outclassed the opposition in the time trial of the Circuit de la Sarthe in France, writing another page of Movistar’s long, brilliant performance. Adriano Malori and Alex Dowsett completed the squad’s second one-two in the 2015 season with a convincing performance in the 6.8km TT across the streets of Angers, a success which increases their victory account up to 14 this year and no less than 800 in the 36 seasons since the squad jumped into the pro scene in 1980.

Jesús Herrada completed the exhibition from the lads directed by Chente García Acosta -Malori as only man under eight minutes (7.58), Dowsett just 9” behind his team-mate- with a fine sixth spot. Malori's defense of his yellow jersey -12" over Roux (FDJ), 3rd overall; 15" to Navardauskas, 4th; and 20" to Jesús Herrada, in a GC with more than 60 riders within a minute- will come over Thursday's Queen stage, a really demanding one over six climbs of the Côte de la Boucherie in Pré-en-Pail's final circuit (190km).