Jumbo-Visma's dominant display dropped down Team INEOS - who had Geraint Thomas in their ranks despite a crash on the opening stage - from top spot in the standings, a position they had held since being the first to venture out onto the course on Sunday.
Team were jostling to get their sprinters in prime position to strike when the pile-up occurred, taking down Dylan Groenewegen, one of the pre-stage favorites. While it's a different proposition from winning an individual stage, the team time trial triumph will be no less sweet, with Bennett cutting an ecstatic figure in the post-stage celebrations.
"I don't feel pressure to prove that my win wasn't a fluke, or whatever negative angle people want to take from it".
"Looking at GC [general classification], it's a good performance", Thomas said.
"Nevertheless, I truly came to (Team Dimension Data) with the goal of making a difference, by mobilising entire communities in Africa with bicycles through our incredible charity (Qhubeka)".
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The 2011 world champion pulled out of last year's European championships road race on medical advice and he was disqualified from the Tour last year after failing to make the time cut on the 11th stage.
"We took some time on some good GC riders today, so it was flawless for us", Bernal said.
Speaking on the eve of the start in Brussels, Nibali said the effort of trying to win the Giro d'Italia this year, when he finished second behind Richard Carapaz, had left him "between a rock and a hard place" at the Tour. We heard we were the fastest ...
"Yesterday it was a dream come true, and it's the case today again", Teunissen said.
Teunissen's team-mate Steven Kruijswijk is now the best placed of the general classification hopefuls, 20 seconds clear of Ineos' co-leaders, but there is better news further down the standings.
After two days in Belgium, the peloton will enter France during Monday's stage three which leads riders from the Belgian town of Binche to Epernay in the Champagne region.