Team Sky were greatly encouraged by their third place in yesterday's team time trial and team leader Chris Froome feels he's coming into his best form and is perfectly placed in the race for the yellow jersey.
Coming into the Tour Sky were among the heavy favourites for Tuesday's stage but expectations had been revised downwards after Geraint Thomas - a double Olympic champion in the team pursuit - suffered a cracked pelvis on the opening stage of the Tour.
Given all that, finishing just three seconds behind Orica GreenEdge and two seconds behind world team trial champions Omega Pharma-Quick Step represented a great result for Sir Dave Brailsford's team.
"Today is all about the team this has lifted the moral of the lads," Brailsford said. "They all put in a good performance after what was a setback with (Geraint) and this will have settled them down.
"We haven't lost any real time, we're very close, that's where we want to be."
Team leader Chris Froome is ranked seventh in the general classification, but more importantly he is just three seconds behind Orica GreenEdge's Simon Gerrans, who took the yellow jersey from Jan Bakelants after today's victory.
"I'm really happy with that," the 28-year-old said. "That's keeping us in the perfect position at the moment, not having the added stress of being in the leader's jersey."
Froome set tongues wagging on stage two to Ajaccio with a late attack, even though he sat up before the end of the stage, and the Tour favourite said he was happy with his form.
"Personally I felt really good," he said. "I felt I was able to do a little bit longer pulls on the front.
"I'm feeling like I'm really coming into some good form coming into the mountains.
"The goal was to get the yellow but if we were in it, it would mean the next couple of days which are predominantly flat we would be on the front doing all that work which I think would be a little bit unnecessary at the moment.
"If we'd taken the lead it would have been only by a few seconds. It gives us a few more days in the peloton and we wait until the mountains come when I think the team will really excel."
The mountains are very much Sky's focus, and Brailsford is encouraged by what he saw from both Froome and his chief lieutenant Richie Porte during the medium climbs on Corsica.
"I think we've seen that Froomey in particular is looking very fruity shall we say, so that's a good thing," he said.
"Richie is in the best form I've ever seen him in, he's climbing fantastically well, he's in great shape and his self-belief systems are in place. I think he will do a very good Tour."
Thomas was once again the talk of the Team Sky bus after his push through the pain barrier for a third consecutive day.
The Welshman had been expected to drop off the back of his team-mates early in today's time trial given his woes, but instead hung in there for 24 of the 25 kilometres and even managed a few turns on the front of the Sky train - a performance Brailsford branded "unbelievable".
Froome was equally impressed, saying: "Geraint's is the heroic story of the day. Not only managing to hang on but then he did some pretty solid turns out there. That definitely helped us."
While still a long way short of his best, the Welshman said he felt 10 times better than he had on the ride to Calvi yesterday.
His mother, Hilary, who had urged him to withdraw when the extent of his injuries were revealed yesterday, is still to be convinced, but Thomas is now optimistic about his chances of recovering enough to keep going.
"She wants the best and to wrap me up in cotton wool," he said of his mother. "But I can feel myself getting better so I am not going to stop just yet."
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