John Lelangue, the manager of BMC Racing, had said he wanted the best possible position in the team standings before the fourth stage because it determines the starting order for the team time trial in Nice. It's in reverse order of the position of the teams general classification with the only exception being that the team with the yellow jersey must start last. It just so happens to be that the same formation that holds the lead of individual GC is at the top of the team rankings too. RadioShack-Leopard will close out the competition in Nice tomorrow.
But Lelangue also got his wish: BMC won the daily prize for teams and moved up to second overall in that classification thanks to their best riders – Philippe Gilbert (fifth), Cadel Evans (13th), and Steve Moribito (24th).
Argos-Shimano is now ranked last in the team classifification and will thus be the first to begin the TTT in Nice. They will start four minutes ahead of the world champions in this discipline, Omega Pharma-Quickstep but this squad won't be operating at its full potential because of the injuries sustained by the world TT champion Tony Martin on day one of the Tour this year.