Porte on the up after BMC's time trial win

Richie Porte has moved up to 15th in the Tour de France after the third stage time trial

Richie Porte has clawed back some much-needed time after BMC Racing claimed victory in the team trial on the third stage of the Tour de France.

Porte, who lost 51 seconds in the opening stage after being delayed behind a pile-up, helped his team edge out Team Sky by four seconds after they completed the 35.5km circuit around Cholet in 38min 46sec.

BMC's Belgian rider Greg Van Avermaet is in possession of the yellow jersey with the Quick-Step Floors team finishing third, seven seconds behind Sky.

Van Avermaet's teammate Tejay van Garderen finished on the same time to take second place overall with Sky's Geraint Thomas in third.

Mitchelton-Scott were fourth in the time trial, two seconds ahead of world champions Sunweb.

Australia's Michael Matthews of Sunweb sits in ninth spot, 11 seconds behind Van Avermae.

Porte has moved up to 14th, 51 seconds off the lead and four seconds ahead of defending champion Chris Froome who rose to 18th.

"Obviously it was a tough one today but the big strong guys did a great job and it was a perfect team time trial," Porte told Cycling.com.

"It puts us right back in the game. It would have been nice not to have thrown 51 seconds away on the first day. To win with these guys is a great feeling."

"We're taking some time back on some of the other GC guys. It's still a long way to go, six more hectic days and the mountains."