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Tour de France 2015 Stage 1

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excerpts from Le Tour 

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.

198 riders took the start of the 2015 Tour de France, the first of them being Eritrean time trial national champion Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka), the first black African cyclist to take part in the race. The 2010 Dutch champion for individual time trial Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) who was the ninth rider in action pleased the local crowd as he set the first time of reference: 15.11. It was a strong indication that it would be a very fast race. Clocked with one second deficit from the Dutchman at the half way time check, former world hour record holder Rohan Dennis from BMC bettered his time by fifteen seconds and set the fastest ever average speed of an individual time trial at the Tour de France with 55.446. The previous record was held by Chris Boardman with 55.152km/h in Lille in 1994 on a 7.2km course.

Mollema and Pinot, the best of the climbers

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was the first of the top GC contenders to cover the 13.8km of the flat course. He was satisfied with his ride but another climber, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) bettered it by twenty seconds. Bauke Mollema (Trek) rode four seconds faster than the Frenchman. Among the big four, the fastest was eventual the last man on the road: defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) who walked away from stage 1 with an advantage of 7 seconds over Chris Froome, 15 seconds over Alberto Contador, and 1.01 over Quintana. All of them remained behind Pinot whose French rival Romain Bardet lost 54 seconds on him.

Dennis in yellow two years after Gerrans

Dennis presumed he’d remain for a long time on the hot seat. It was the case as Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) was only one second down on him at the half way check point but crossed the line with a deficit of eight seconds. Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) also failed to approach his time of 14.56. Dennis was the only rider under fifteen minutes. Fabian Cancellara (Trek) saw his hope to win the inaugural time trial of the Tour de France for the sixth time vanishing as he was timed six seconds slower than the specialist from Adelaide. Dennis, who won the Santos Tour Down Under in January, is the first Australian to take the yellow jersey since Simon Gerrans two years ago. He was awarded in Utrecht by the King of Holland.

Stage 1 Results

AUS 1 DENNIS, Rohan (BMC RACING) 14:56
GER 2 MARTIN, Tony (ETIXX – QUICK STEP) + 5
SUI 3 CANCELLARA, Fabian (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 6
NED 4 DUMOULIN, Tom (GIANT – ALPECIN) + 8
NED 5 VAN EMDEN, Jos (LOTTO NL – JUMBO) + 15
ESP 6 CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS, Jonathan (MOVISTAR) + 23
AUT 7 BRANDLE, Matthias (IAM CYCLING)
ITA 8 MALORI, Adriano (MOVISTAR) + 29
NED 9 KELDERMAN, Wilco (LOTTO NL – JUMBO) + 30
GBR 10 CUMMINGS, Stephen (MTN – QHUBEKA) + 32
NED 11 GESINK, Robert (LOTTO NL – JUMBO) + 33
GBR 12 THOMAS, Geraint (SKY)
GBR 13 DOWSETT, Alex (MOVISTAR) + 36
NED 14 MOLLEMA, Bauke (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 37
LUX 15 JUNGELS, Bob (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 38
NED 16 VAN BAARLE, Dylan (CANNONDALE – GARMIN)
COL 17 URAN URAN, Rigoberto (ETIXX – QUICK STEP) + 40
FRA 18 PINOT, Thibaut (FDJ) + 41
SVK 19 SAGAN, Peter (TINKOFF – SAXO)
USA 20 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay (BMC RACING) + 42
CZE 21 KONIG, Leopold (SKY) + 43
ITA 22 NIBALI, Vincenzo (ASTANA)
NED 23 BOOM, Lars (ASTANA) + 44
ITA 24 OSS, Daniel (BMC RACING)
CAN 25 TUFT, Svein (ORICA GreenEDGE) + 45
GER 26 DEGENKOLB, John (GIANT – ALPECIN)
NED 27 WESTRA, Lieuwe (ASTANA)
CZE 28 STYBAR, Zdenek (ETIXX – QUICK STEP)
FRA 29 CHAVANEL, Sylvain (IAM CYCLING)
EST 30 TAARAMAE, Rein (ASTANA)
NED 31 KRUIJSWIJK, Steven (LOTTO NL – JUMBO)
AUS 32 DURBRIDGE, Luke (ORICA GreenEDGE) + 46
GBR 33 YATES, Simon (ORICA GreenEDGE)
AUS 34 ROGERS, Michael (TINKOFF – SAXO) + 47
FRA 35 ROY, Jérémy (FDJ)
BEL 36 VANMARCKE, Sep (LOTTO NL – JUMBO) + 49
SUI 37 ELMIGER, Martin (IAM CYCLING) + 50
BEL 38 VAN AVERMAET, Greg (BMC RACING)
GBR 39 FROOME, Christopher (SKY)
FRA 40 COPPEL, Jerome (IAM CYCLING) + 51
ESP 41 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, Gorka (MOVISTAR) + 53
GER 42 MARTENS, Paul (LOTTO NL – JUMBO) + 55
ESP 43 VALVERDE BELMONTE, Alejandro (MOVISTAR) + 56
RSA 44 IMPEY, Daryl (ORICA GreenEDGE) + 57
UKR 45 GRIVKO, Andriy (ASTANA)
ESP 46 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TINKOFF – SAXO) + 58
AUS 47 MATTHEWS, Michael (ORICA GreenEDGE)
FRA 48 GALLOPIN, Tony (LOTTO SOUDAL)
ESP 49 IRIZAR ARANBURU, Markel (TREK FACTORY RACING)
FRA 50 PERAUD, Jean-Christophe (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 59

General Classification after Stage 1

AUS 1 DENNIS, Rohan (BMC RACING) 14:56
GER 2 MARTIN, Tony (ETIXX – QUICK STEP) + 5
SUI 3 CANCELLARA, Fabian (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 7
NED 4 DUMOULIN, Tom (GIANT – ALPECIN) + 8
NED 5 VAN EMDEN, Jos (LOTTO NL – JUMBO) + 15
ESP 6 CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS, Jonathan (MOVISTAR) + 23
AUT 7 BRANDLE, Matthias (IAM CYCLING)
ITA 8 MALORI, Adriano (MOVISTAR) + 29
NED 9 KELDERMAN, Wilco (LOTTO NL – JUMBO) + 30
GBR 10 CUMMINGS, Stephen (MTN – QHUBEKA) + 32

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