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.
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.
Martin fractured two vertebrae on stage nine of last year's race, but still managed to challenge in the overall.
Other than a couple of fans holding up signs such as "Froome go home" on Saturday and Sunday, the festive Atlantic coast jaunt went well for Froome until 6km from home when he was forced off the road, escaping unhurt but losing around a minute to some key rivals.
Among the big losers today were Nairo Quintana, whose Movistar team came home 53 seconds down on BMC Racing, Bahrain-Merida with 2014 Tour de France victor Vincenzo Nibali, 1 minute and 6 seconds down, and Romain Bardet's AG2R-La Mondiale, who came home 1 minute 15 seconds behind the day's victor.
Any thoughts Chris Froome had of taking it easy through the first six or seven stages have gone out the window though after his fall, with the defending champion now firmly on the back foot.
"It was getting quite chaotic with the sprint teams but that's bike racing". "We didn't plan where or whatever but we knew the time was taken on the fourth guy over the line".
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Porte's BMC team had been expected to make up for their disappointing first day when their Australian leader fell.
Froome avoided a repeat of his first stage tumble, the Team Sky leader staying out of trouble as he goes in pursuit of a record-equalling fifth Tour triumph. "I am a lot happier than I was at the Dauphiné, we have a gelled unit here and a powerful one".
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"There was way too much wind for me", said the slightly-built Porte.
"To be honest I didn't even think about it (the yellow jersey), it was just about winning the stage". Despite being cleared of doping allegations on Monday, some skeptical fans have jeered the Kenyan-born British rider since his Sky team arrived in France.
"It's been a great little journey over the past couple of months to come to this team and become part of a really tight team time trial unit and to really add to that is something I will be proud of for a long time", he said. "It was all about trying to win the stage". We just wanted to get that stage.
Had the team not lost so much in the team time trial, he perhaps could have won the race overall.