Saturday July 4th, 2015

Stage 1Utrecht / Utrecht

Start 14h00 (Local time)

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Stage summary04.07.2015

Rohan Dennis comes of age

The first yellow jersey of the 102nd Tour de France is Australian. Rohan Dennis of BMC Racing Team was the only rider to complete the 13.8km course in less than fifteen minutes. He outclassed the three favorites Tony Martin, Fabian Cancellara and Tom Dumoulin and rode the fastest individual time trial ever at the Tour de France.

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It was very tiring. The heat was demanding for everyone but even more with a time trial helmet. I did all I could but Rohan has been the best. I've lost some mini seconds in a curve or two but it hasn't made that difference. It was an important race for me because I didn't get a chance to ride the classics this year. But it's no big deal. I've won a fair bit in my career. I race for fun and the Tour is long. There'll be other occasions, I'm sure of that.

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It was a nice course, not too curvy, pretty straight. I like that. I'm not a bad time trialist. In the straight time trials when power speaks for itself and I've got good legs, I know that I'll do well. One day I'd like to do the French championship for time trial if it's on a nice course with serious hills. My advantage over the other favorites is nothing compare to what's coming up in the next three weeks. It's anecdotal. However, it's important to be reassured. I was looking forward to...

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I'll be amongst the yellow jersey holders, it's amazing but it's been stressful to wait for the outcome. I was shaking when my rivals were about to come one by one but I could judge with two to one kilometer to go. I did a trial before the race and I thought I had to ride in sixteen minutes but it was one less at the end. It was a bit of a shock. I never aim for a top 5 or to finish second or third but I'm always confident that I'd win and I wasn't confident that I'd beat Tony Martin or...

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Questioned by after driving the course behind Fabian Cancellara who is on the hunt for a sixth win in an inaugural time trial of the Tour de France, Trek Factory Racing assistant directeur sportif Alain Gallopin declared: “It's a course for pure specialists, not very technical with wide curves. Therefore it's a good one for Cancellara. He's going well, he's extremely motivated.”

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Questioned by, first timer Damien Gaudin (AG2R-La Mondiale) who won the prologue of Paris-Nice in 2013 in Houilles commented: “A strong rouleur will win. I like this time trial. It's a great way for me to start and discover the Tour de France. I'll have to enjoy. Only two or three curves require using the brakes. Every other section, it's flat out. Watts will be needed! The race will be won over 50km/h. It'll be my first time in front of so many people. This is the Tour. I was...

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Triple world champion for individual time trial, Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) said before the race: “It's obviously my number one goal here. Everybody is talking about me and Tom Dumoulin but there are lots of other favourites, Cancellara, Rohan Dennis… But it's true that Tom came close a few times but I hope I will again end up on top this time. I checked the course several times and I guess I know it pretty well by now. It might look a little short but I like it a lot. I hope the...

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Questioned by after his first time on the course of stage 1, Chris Froome said: “It's a very fast course with wide corners. Definitely, it's gonna be about a lot of power and about the legs. I like it!”

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Newsflashes (Local time)

17:45Top 5

1.    Rohan Dennis, 14.56
2.    Tony Martin, at 0.05
3.    Fabian Cancellara, at 0.06
4.    Tom Dumoulin, at 0.08
5.    Jos van Emden, at 0.15

17:2454 seconds between Pinot and Bardet

In the duel of French climbers, Thibaut Pinot has an advantage of 54 seconds over Romain Bardet who was very disappointed after his ride.

17:12Cancellara at two seconds at half way

At the half way point, Fabian Cancellara has the fouth best time, two seconds slower than Van Emden and one second slower than Dennis.

17:11Tony Martin: "I didn't handle the heat very well"

Tony Martin reacted to France Televisions: “I'm very very disappointed. I wanted to win. Any other result is a bad one. I feel that I couldn't handle the heat, especially in the second half where I felt weaker. It was hot but that's the Tour de France, it's in July and this time trial wasn't long enough for me.”

17:02Cancellara on the ramp

They were three hot favorites: Tom Dumoulin and Tony Martin are already beaten by Rohan Dennis. Next on line is Fabian Cancellara, now on the starting ramp.

17:00Tony Martin won't be in yellow

Tony Martin has missed his chance to take his first yellow jersey as he completed the course five seconds slower than Rohan Dennis who remains provisionnally in the lead.

16:55Brändle in the top ten

A third former world hour record holder, Matthias Brändle (IAM), has entered the top ten, in fifth place provisionnally.

16:54Martin fourth at half way

At km 7.1, Tony Martin is fourth so far, with a deficit of four seconds from Jos van Emden.

16:49Tony Martin in action

Tom Dumoulin hasn't dethroned Rohan Dennis. Tony Martin is on the road now.

16:47Dowsett at 36 seconds

Alex Dowsett who took Rohan Dennis world hour record in May completed the course 36 seconds slower than him.

16:46Tom Dumoulin: "I've done everything right"

Tom Dumoulin reacted at the microphone of France Televisions: "Dennis was really strong. I don't know if he'll take the jersey but he has done better than me. I've done everything right. I took the curves really well. I heard the crowd supporting me. It was extraordinary but unfortunately I didn't make it."

16:42Valverde warms up

Alejandro Valverde is on the rollers. He followed his team-mate Ermanol Erviti in the Movistar team car to reconnoitre the course.

16:41Dumoulin in second position

Rohan Dennis remains in the lead with Tom Dumoulin in second position at eight seconds. There are six Dutchmen in the provisional top 10.

16:37Mollema four seconds faster than Pinot

Another GC contender has done well: Bauke Mollema has the sixth provisional best time, four seconds faster than Thibaut Pinot.

16:34Dumoulin two seconds behind at half way

Tom Dumoulin passed the half way check point with the third best time, one second slower than Dennis and two seconds slower than Van Emden.

16:29Rohan Dennis: "Having the record gives me confidence"

Questioned by on the hot seat, Rohan Dennis said: “At the moment my time is the record of speed at the Tour. Knowing that gives me a bit of confidence. I didn't expect to go that fast. I was targeting around 16 minutes. I hope it remains the record.”

16:26Dumoulin on the way

Favorite Tom Dumoulin is on the road, looking strong.

16:19Mollema in action

Top GC contenders will start soon, following local favorite Bauke Mollema (Trek) who is on the road just now.

16:09Thibaut Pinot: "I felt good all the way"

Thibaut Pinot reacted to France Television: “Twenty seconds gained over Quintana, it's anecdotal. I've enjoyed this time trial. When I saw the course this morning, I loved it straight away. It's the kind of course on which we can express the power. I felt good all the way. I wanted to ride earlier than the other gc contenders to reduce the time between the morning training and the race. I'm also glad to go a rest earlier than the others.”

16:03Thibaut Pinot in 15.37

Thibaut Pinot clocks in 15.37, twenty seconds better than Nairo Quintana.

15:57Pinot at 18 seconds at half way

At the half way check point, Thibaut Pinot is 18 seconds down on Jos van Emden, 17 on Rohan Dennis. It's pretty good!

15:55Pinot on 55x11

Thibaut Pinot, one of the climbers to watch this year after his third place last year, looks at ease on the 55x11 gear he's using close to half way into the time trial.

15:50Last Tour for Samuel Sanchez?

Samuel Sanchez (BMC) is warming up close to the starting ramp. He said prior to the race: “This could well be my last Tour de France but not my last season. I'd like to call it a career on an Olympic year.” He was crowned Olympic champion for road racing in 2008. He rode the Tour de France six times. His best overall ranking was second in 2010. In 2011, he won stage 12 to Luz Ardiden and the King of the Mountains classification.

15:47National champions in action

South African champion Daryl Impey (Orica) and Luxemburg champion Bob Jungels (Trek) are on the road with Rohan Dennis (BMC) still leading the provisional classification ahead of Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) at 15 seconds and Spanish national champion Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar) at 23 seconds.

15:41Fastest time trial ever

A record has already been set by Rohan Dennis. His average speed is 55.446. It's the fastest ever for an individual time trial at the Tour de France. Previous holder was Chris Boardman on the prologue in Lille in 1994 on a 7.2km course.

15:23Ryder Hesjedal: "I hope to be string in the third week"

After Quintana, more and more GC contenders will be in action from now on. Questioned by after his training, the 2012 Giro d'Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal said: “It's a lot less technical than I thought. There are a lot of big wide open sections. We don't know yet what the wind is going to be like. It's an absolute TT. It's for specialists. My goal is to ride into the race. I've been doing the Giro, recovering and I hope to be stronger than I was in the Giro in the third week of...

15:20Quintana: "It was very demanding"

Nairo Quintana told France Televisions right after the finish: "That was a very demanding race. Yesterday I felt good. I don't know what my time is worth. I'm only interested to know where I stand compared to the other GC riders, not the time trial specialists who are ahead of me now."

15:16Quintana at the finish

Nairo Quintana clocked 15.57, just over one minute more than top specialist Rohan Dennis.

15:14Dennis finished strongly

At the half way point, Rohan Dennis was one second slower than Jos van Emden but he beat him by fifteen seconds.

15:09Rohan Dennis: "One minute better than at training"

Questioned by, provisional race leader Rohan Dennis said: "It was my goal to do well. It was pretty smooth. It was very long on the way home. I kept thinking sixteen minutes because that was my time at training. In the end I got one minute bonus. Let's wait and see now. It looks like it's going to be a long time on the hot seat."

15:01Quintana on the move

First Tour de France favorite in action: Nairo Quintana has taken the start. "Nairoman" is his new nickname in Colombia, according to French daily sports paper L'Equipe this morning.

14:59Reto Hollenstein will start

Swiss rider Reto Hollenstein crashed this morning. While training on the course, he hit a spectator. His team IAM Cycling informed that he didn't go to hospital but was treated by the team's physiotherapist. He's wounded but he will take the start at 15.53.

14:55Dennis at 55.2km/h

Rohan Dennis' impressive average speed: 55.2km/h!

14:52Rohan Dennis takes the lead

Best time so far for Rohan Dennis: 14.56.

14:50Dennis overtakes Bak

Dennis looks good. He has passed Lars Bak who started one minute before him.

14:49A good time for Gesink

LottoNL-Jumbo occupies the first two positions now with Robert Gesink in provisional second place 18 seconds down on Jos van Emden.

14:47Sylvain Chavanel: "It's going to be windier"

Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) finished with the second time so far. "30 seconds on Van Emden, it's a lot", he told France Televisions. "It's two seconds per kilometre! Some riders will go faster than him. I noticed more wind on the course than this morning and there'll be more and more this afternoon." This might be an important factor when the top guns will start.

14:42Armindo Fonseca: "It's a course for pure rouleurs"

Questioned by Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne-Séché Environnement), who is to start soon, commented: "It's a course for pure rouleurs. Looking at the map, I thought there would be more curves but they're all easy to come around, so I believe it's going to be very fast. The first riders shouldn't be far from 52km/h average. Personally, I know that I'll go slower than that. My 53x11 gear will be enough but Tony Martin will probably be on 58 again. The course truly favors him as well as...

14:38Castroviejo after Dennis

Spanish champion Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar) will start right after Rohan Dennis.

14:35Barguil on the road

First timer Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin) has just started. French fans expect a lot from them.

14:30Rohan Dennis: "One of the major goals of my season"

Former world hour record holder Rohan Dennis is about to start. He's a serious underdog today. He said before the race: “Obviously it's one of the major goals of my season. I always go for first. One day this first will come eventually, and I'll be extremely happy. I checked the course twice but with the traffic. I'll check it again when it's barriered. The second time I saw it, I noticed some corners were not as hard as I thought. It will be all about pacing. We all know who the...

14:27Van Emden has the best time

The 2010 Dutch champion for time trial Jos van Emden has the best time on the finishing line so far in 15.11. Luke Durbridge is 30 seconds down on him.

14:17Teklehaimanot at the finish

Teklehaimanot arrived in 16.30.

14:07Luke Durbridge: "I dream to win like McGee in 2003"

Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) is soon to start. The Australian is likely to set a first time of reference. “It's best to ride it two or three times in the morning and be fresh for it”, he said before the race. “It's a decision I made to start earlier because rain is forecast later in the day. It's a little bit too short for the TT specialists and a little bit long for a prologue. As a result it makes it wide open for a lot of riders. I mentioned Bradley McGee and 2003 because you...

14:01The race is on!

Daniel Teklehaimanot is in action. He wears the jersey of Eritrean national champion for individual time trial. He's the first ever black African rider to participate to the Tour de France.

14:00Time check at km 7.1

There'll be an intermediate time check at km 7.1, just before half way into the course.

13:46Welcome to stage 1

Welcome to the live coverage of stage 1 of the 102nd Tour de France. It's a 13.8km individual time trial in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The first rider in action will be Daniel Teklehaimanot from MTN-Qhubeka who was the king of the mountains at the Critérium du Dauphiné. He'll leave the starting ramp at 14.00.


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