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Green Edge rule, Gerrans takes yellow jersey
Nice, July 03, 2013
First Published: 01:01 IST(3/7/2013)
Last Updated: 01:02 IST(3/7/2013)

Orica-Green Edge's remarkable start to the Tour de France continued when Simon Gerrans snatched the yellow jersey after the Australian outfit won the team time trial on Tuesday.

The man the Australian had to particularly thank was not one of his team mates but the man who handed him his first bike — Phil Anderson, the first Australian to wear the famous jersey.

"He was my first coach, it's thanks to him," Gerrans told a news conference. "So it's pretty special to follow in his footsteps."

Gerrans started cycling after his neighbour Anderson, the first non-European to wear the yellow jersey in 1981, advised him to ride a bike to help him recover from a knee injury suffered in a motorbike crash.

Gerrans took the jersey 24 hours after he won an individual stage.

His Orica-GreenEdge team crossed the line in Nice with a time of 25 minutes 56 seconds after the 25 kms, making it the fastest stage in the Tour's history although the previous record was set on a much longer course.

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