The Tour de France started in Utrecht in the Netherlands this year with an individual time trial of 13,8 kilometres. Rohan Dennis (BMC) was the winner at the end of the day, Tony Martin (EQS) the number two and Fabian Cancellara (TFR) the number three. Rohan finished the time trial in 14 minutes and 56 seconds, whereas Martin and Cancellara were five and six seconds slower.
Jack Bauer, Nathan Haas and Sebastian Langeveld (TCG) during the warming up before the time trial. A difficult factor for the riders to overcome was the heat in Utrecht throughout the day. A lot of riders were spotted using cooling vests and ice packs during their warming ups.
Chris Froome (SKY) is the winner of the Tour de France in 2013. His biggest rivals this year are Alberto Contador (TCS), Nairo Quintana (MOV) and last year’s winner Vincenzo Nibali (AST). Froome stated after the opening time trial that he was satisfied with his time.
Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin of Team Giant-Alpecin was very disappointed after the time trial. His focus for this year’s Tour de France was to win the time trial, so that he could start in the yellow jersey the next day. Unfortunately he was 8 seconds slower than Dennis.