World champion Peter Sagan won a sprint finish to claim the second stage of the Tour de France and the race's overall lead on Sunday, while Chris Froome had a calmer ride after his tumble in the first leg.
Besides what it did for Porte, in helping him to make up for the 51 seconds he lost on stage one, it elevated Belgian teammate Greg van Avermaet, the Olympic road champion, into the yellow jersey as overall leader.
Attention then turned to their rivals, with the biggest early losers including Movistar - who lost 53 seconds to BMC Racing and 49 to Team Sky, virtually cancelling out the time lost by Richie Porte and Chris Froome after the crashes that marred the stage one finale.
The Solvakian's Bora Hansgrohe team finished in seventh spot, 50 seconds down on the stage winners, but he will wear the green jersey on stage four.
While Sky's top-placed rider is Geraint Thomas three seconds off the lead, 2017 Giro victor Dumoulin is just 11 seconds down, but perhaps Bardet is the man with the most to smile about at this stage.
"Just going on the feeling, I think we can be pretty happy", Froome said.
Team Sky, another unusual early starter, were booed by roadside spectators throughout their effort but posted nearly identical times through the first two time checks - as did BMC Racing, who also found themselves in an unfamiliar early start time.
Team Sky's Geraint Thomas missed out on the yellow jersey by just three seconds, having started the day sixth in the general classification and one second up on Van Avermaet.
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The victor will face either Croatia or England, who play Thursday (2am Malaysia time ), in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday. In Belgium's corner will be France's 1998 World Cup victor Thierry Henry who is now a member of the Belgian coaching staff.
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Among Froome's main rivals, France's Romain Bardet lost 1:15 today and now trails the Briton by 20 seconds.
BMC Racing team in the third stage of the Tour de France.
Quick Step Floors had gone out onto the course with the opportunity of getting Fernando Gaviria back into the overall lead, and also had a chance of getting Philippe Gilbert into the yellow jersey should the Colombian be tailed off.
"There will be a lot more time lost throughout the GC group before we hit the mountains".
Among the top contenders, last year's runner-up Rigoberto Uran of Colombia is 10th, 35 seconds behind. "It's a long way to go, we still have six more hectic days and then we have also got the Alps and the Pyrenees".
"I feel maybe even better (than last year)", he added.
On Tuesday, the Tour will head to Brittany, as the riders start in La Baule and end in Sarzeau after a 195-kilometre route.