Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas rode strongly at the front of the peloton on day two of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, helping Team Sky leader Chris Froome stay out of trouble.
Thomas, 25, finished safely in the pack, and is 22nd in the overall classification going into Stage 3, between Cambridge and London.
Watch highlights of Stage 2 on ITV4 at 7pm this evening
Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas has finished 17th on the first day of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.
Team Sky leader Chris Froome came in 6th, while Mark Cavendish crashed near to the finish line.
This is the fifth tour for the two-time Olympic gold medallist from Cardiff.
Watch highlights of Stage 1 on ITV4 at 7pm this evening
Geraint Thomas will again ride in the world's most famous cycle race in support of team leader and defending champion Chris Froome.
Froome's inclusion means that Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford has left out former Tour champion Bradley Wiggins, despite the Olympic Gold medallist showing his form winning Thursday's British national time trial title on the roads of Monmouthshire.
Thomas will play a key role in Sky's attempts to claim a third straight Tour win as Froome's chief sidekick throughout the three week race.
Many tip the Cardiff man to play a central role himself in years to come with GB coach and former Sky man Shane Sutton tipping him to be a future Grand Tour winner himself in years to come.
For now though Thomas must continue to play second fiddle for the 21 stage race, that finishes just seven days before he attempts to secure a victory of his own at the Commonwealth Games road race in Glasgow.
'It's certainly not ideal. It's a big three weeks of racing around France trying to help Froomey win really so it'll be tough for sure" he said.
"I think mentally it's ok because I know I've just got to keep going until the Sunday, just hopefully I can recover well, eat well, sleep well and that's pretty much all I can do go there and go as fast as we can."
Geraint Thomas has been named in Team Sky's nine man line-up for the Tour de France, beginning with the Grand Départ in Yorkshire on July 5.
Geraint Thomas has been given the all-clear to continue racing in the Tour de France today, following a crash involving several cyclists yesterday.
The Welshman was taken to hospital for an x-ray after the incident.
"You can't keep a good man down" tweeted the Team Sky account.