Tour de France Stage 1 Results

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Geraint Thomas will wear the leader’s yellow jersey at the Tour de France on Sunday after taking a surprise victory on Saturday’s opening stage in Dusseldorf. In wet, windy and difficult conditions, Thomas won the 14km time-trial as German hope and four-time world champion Tony Martin could finish only fourth.  “I didn’t really expect it, I didn’t know what to expect. To win a stage is incredible and to get the yellow jersey on top is an amazing cherry.”said Thomas.Thomas was only fifth-fastest at the time check, albeit just four seconds off the pace, but produced a storming run in to snatch the yellow jersey for the first time in his career.

Reigning Tour champion and Thomas’s Sky team leader Chris Froome finished sixth but gained time on his main overall rivals. Quintana and other potential winners like Australia’s Richie Porte and twice former champion Alberto Contador lost more than 30 seconds to Froome. Swiss Stefan Kung was second, five seconds off Thomas, whose Sky team-mate Vasil Kiryienka, the 2015 world champion, was third at 7sec.

Organizers had hoped that local hero Martin would become the first German to win an opening stage of the Tour in Germany. And while he was leading by a second at the only time check 8.1km into the stage, he could not maintain that pace to the end as the wind picked up for some of the later starters.

Thomas was only fifth-fastest at the time check, albeit just four seconds off the pace, but produced a storming run in to snatch the yellow jersey for the first time in his career.

But it was a miserable day for Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, third overall two years ago, who quit the race after a heavy crash with a broken leg He was meant to be a key help for overall contender Nairo Quintana in the mountains and his departure is a huge blow to the Colombian.

Decades after his father Davis competed in the Tour de France (and won two stages) Cannondale/Drapac rider Taylor Phinney was a celebrated top American in 12th place.

Results and Tour Overall:

1. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) 14.0 km in 16min 04sec (average: 52,3 km/h)
2. Stefan Kung (SWI/BMC) at 0:05.
3. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR/SKY) 0:07.
4. Tony Martin (GER/KAT) 0:08.
5. Matteo Trentin (ITA/QST) 0:10.
6. Christopher Froome (GBR/SKY) 0:12.
7. Jos van Emden (NED/LNL) 0:15.
8. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) 0:15.
9. Marcel Kittel (GER/QST) 0:16.
10. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/DDT) 0:16.
11. Nikias Arndt (GER/SUN) 0:16.
12. Taylor Phinney (USA/CAN) 0:17.
13. Andriy Grivko (UKR/AST) 0:17.
14. Daryl Impey (RSA/ORI) 0:19.
15. Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP/MOV) 0:20.
16. Michael Matthews (AUS/SUN) 0:20.
17. Pierre-Roger Latour (FRA/ALM) 0:25.
18. Peter Sagan (SVK/BOR) 0:25.
19. Audrey Amador (CRC/MOV) 0:27.
20. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ/AST) 0:29.
21. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/QST) 0:30.
22. Robert Gesink (NED/LNL) 0:31.
23. Sonny Colbrelli (ITA/BAH) 0:32.
24. Tim Wellens (BEL/LOT) 0:32.
25. Maciej Bodnar (POL/BOR) 0:33.
26. Timo Roosen (NED/LNL) 0:34.
27. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/KAT) 0:36.
28. Reto Hollenstein (SWI/KAT) 0:36.
29. Simon Yates (GBR/ORI) 0:37.
30. Fabio Felline (ITA/TRE) 0:37.
31. Zdenek Stybar (CZE/QST) 0:39.
32. Alessandro De Marchi (ITA/BMC) 0:39.
33. Emanuel Buchmann (GER/BOR) 0:40.
34. Paul Martens (GER/LNL) 0:40.
35. José Herrada Lopez (ESP/MOV) 0:40.
36. Jasha Sütterlin (GER/MOV) 0:41.
37. Mike Teunissen (NED/SUN) 0:41.
38. Nils Politt (GER/KAT) 0:41.
39. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) 0:42.
40. Michael Albasini (SWI/ORI) 0:42.
41. Damien Howson (AUS/ORI) 0:43.
42. Diego Ulissi (ITA/EAU) 0:43.
43. Michael Schär (SWI/BMC) 0:44.
44. Tylan van Baarle (NED/CAN) 0:44.
45. Robert Wagner (GER/LNL) 0:45.
46. Ignatas Konovalovas (LTU/FDJ) 0:46.
47. Simon Geschke (GER/SUN) 0:46.
48. Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC) 0:47.
49. Richie Porte (AUS/BMC) 0:47.
50. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/DEN) 0:48.
51. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV) 0:48.
52. Jarlinson Pantano (COL/TRE) 0:48.
53. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 0:48.
54. Rafal Majka (POL/BOR) 0:49.
55. Andrew Talansky (USA/CAN) 0:49.
56. Jack Bauer (NZL/QST) 0:49.
57. Daniel Martin (IRL/QST) 0:49.
58. John Degenkolb (GER/TRE) 0:49.
59. Arnaud Démare (FRA/FDJ) 0:49.
60. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 0:50.
61. Romain Sicard (FRA/DEN) 0:50.
62. Albert Timmer (NED/SUN) 0:51.
63. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 0:51.
64. Alberto Bettiol (ITA/CAN) 0:52.
65. Primoz Roglic (SLO/LNL) 0:52.
66. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 0:52.
67. Lilian Calmejane (FRA/DEN) 0:53.
68. Alberto Contador (ESP/TRE) 0:54.
69. Carlos Betancour (COL/MOV) 0:54.                                                                                                                                              70. Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 0:54.

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