A day after Simon Gerrans gave Orica-GreenEdge its first victory in the Tour de France, he joined eight other guys to win again. The Promenade des Anglais was resurfaced for the team time trial and, on this day at least, the famous strip of tarmac in Nice could be renamed the 'Promenade des Aussie'. Two successive stage wins have helped Gerrans to a stint in the yellow jersey...
“This is a dream come true, it really is. Yesterday I was able to win the stage off the back of a fantastic team effort and today we really showed how close we are as a team with how well we worked together. At the end of the day we come out with this stage win and, to top it all off, this yellow jersey. It doesn't get much better than that.
“One thing I said last night when I was thanking all the guys for their help was that the big thing I achieved yesterday was that I opened the floodgates; I got that first win [at the Tour de France] under the belt for Orica-GreenEdge and I think the first one is always the hardest one to get. I was sure they were going to come thick and fast after that but never in our wildest dreams did we think it would come already today.
“I don't think there was one particular point on the course where we won today or one particular thing that we did but we just worked fantastically together as a team. We're such a close group of guys – we're all such good friends – and I think that really shows in a teams time trial. Everyone was really committed to it and gave one-hundred per cent and it came out in the results.
“We're getting plenty of press during this Tour de France and for the right reasons now too, it's just a fantastic feeling. The team owner, Gerry Ryan, is here in France with us and maybe he'll buy us a bottle of champagne or two.”