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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Jan Bakelants
Gerrans looked to have the finish line in sight with about 100 meters to go, but Sagan had a late sprint and almost caught him. But Gerrans dug deep to clinch his second career Tour stage win. Spaniard Jose Joaquin Rojas finished third.
The Belgian made his move with a few hundred meters remaining and did enough to withstand a late charge from Slovakian sprinter Peter Sagan.
"We never panicked," he said. "We managed the gaps."
"We have good riders but haven't really trained for the team time trial," Bakelants said. "It will be tough to keep the jersey, but I've already had it two days and that's special. ... It's extraordinary to have worn it."