TdF 1: Effectively July - Rohan Dennis (and more)

Embedded image permalinkGone. It's gone. The prologue is done and the Tour de France has started. Now it's effectively July. And Summer. And pro cycling at his top.
I'm sorry to say Alex Dowsett didn't win and Rohan Dennis beated him this time. Quite badly. He also beated Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara but for the Swiss this podium is almost a victory while for the German this 2nd place is a almost a nothing. 
Embedded image permalinkAs far as the GC guys, Bauke Mollema did simply WOW! 1 second behind Alex Dowsett! Amazing. Wilco Kelderman did even better. Rigoberto Uran isn't one of the big favourite still his performance today place him high and he isn't the last one in the mountains. But talking aboute the main favourite, Vincenzo Nibali set the best time. Froome, Contador and Quintana - in this order - are all well distanced. Very interesting start... but the gaps are minimal!

Rohan Dennis:
"It was nerve-wracking watching the screen. I didn't expect to go that fast time-wise. When I got to back to the bus, I was told that it was the quickest time trial by my friend back in Adelaide. So that was a nice little bonus, you could say. We went with the tactic of going off early - there's no stress, you don't have to sit around all day - just set a benchmark and make everyone else chase me. It worked out perfectly. Tour de France ... yellow jersey ... it's a dream. I have always wished to be in this position and now I am." 

Wilco Kelderman:
“It was superb. It was one big wall of sound. That gave me adrenaline and I think that we all went faster because of that. I imagined it, but of course, it was even better. I’m very satisfied with my race. I started this Tour in a good way.”

Alberto Contador:  
“It was a very tough time-trial and I felt my legs quite well, I had good sensations. The race course was very, very fast. I decided to take the first half of the race at a slightly slower pace and then push hard. I got off slower but then I wasn't able to finish off strongly. All in all, I think it was a normal time-trial and all the favorites are within a few seconds of each other. We now have to focus on tomorrow.
I don't think the wind was a factor because even if it blew strongly, it was the same for everybody. Maybe the current high temperatures make the heart beat faster but it wasn't an issue. Again, a few seconds separate the main rivals and that is, in my opinion, a good thing”. 

Tony Martin:
"I knew starting the Tour de France with this time trial was a great chance for myself and the team to possibly wear the yellow jersey in Utrecht. I did the best preparation possible to be at this race at 100 percent. I had great support from the team and the staff around me, so I could really focus on the race. But today I was struggling a little bit with the heat. It was not easy to warm up on the rollers and then riding 15 minutes in the heat. Even in the second half I was already tired. I'm used to warming up after 5 to 7 kilometers, and then my race starts. But today I couldn't really change rhythm. I was doing my best to go until the finish. I am sure in different weather circumstances I could do better. Still, considering everything, to still finish 2nd I am happy about it. I always want to win, but today I found a great Rohan Dennis who deserved the victory. There is still a big opportunity for yellow in the next days. Everyone knows this first week will be crazy and we have for sure one of the strongest and best teams for the parcours of the next days. So, yes, I am disappointed, but the Tour de France has only just begun. I have a great team around me that will further boost my morale, for sure." 

Steve Cummings:
"It was a super day. Physically the effort was good but I also never really felt composed. I don't know, I think it was possibly the occasion that got to me a bit and I messed up a lot of corners, well pretty much every corner actually. But having said that, to come to the biggest bike race in the world it is great for the team to see we can all make mistakes but are able to compete with the best in the world. It was my goal to really deliver something good today for that reason, to give the team a bit of a lift and some confidence. Unfortunately it wasn't as good as I hoped but I think it was still pretty good to be honest."

Fabian Cancellara:
“It was quite a heat and my mouth was so dry at halfway already. It was hard to get a deep breath at times, I couldn't swallow. But for one, it shows I am in progression from where I was two weeks ago. Of course, I came here to get yellow, and so in that way it’s kind of a disappointment. But, on the other hand, I did a good performance. I am not sure where I could give more; maybe if the wind was less before, I don’t know, you can make a lot of speculation… In the end, it is how it is.
Of course I don’t look yet to tomorrow, first I need to get over the day, the disappointment. I expected something higher, something bigger. But that’s sport. I don’t feel like I have anything to prove, I have already proved many, many years of big things. People expect me to perform on days like today where I am a specialist. But for having a perfect day you need more, and I was not having a perfect day, and for me the heat cut my performance. This is not an excuse, but the reality.”
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Bauke Mollema:
“I was feeling really good. I started quite easy because the guys told me there was a headwind in the second part. I went full in the last part and the final 3-4 kms I felt I could accelerate, and I ended with the feeling that it could have been a little longer for me! It was really a nice feeling. 
For GC the differences are small, but it’s always nice to start well and do a good time to the other GC guys. I am happy that [the Tour] has finally started, after all the waiting and anticipation, and with all the Dutch fans today it was a really great experience.”

Bob Jungels:
“I have to say it was really special to start, and I was quite relaxed until Laurent [Didier] was coming back to the bus and telling me about the course. Then I started to realize it’s all starting now! But I felt really good, and maybe I started a bit too fast with all the sensations, with all the people it was really crazy, everyone is cheering at you. It’s fantastic! I was happy with my performance, as I always need a few days to get into my rhythm. For the rest, I really hope that it continues like this with all the great crowds and no incidences - crashes or problems.  I think we will have a really nice time here.”

Geraint Thomas:
“I gave it 100% but didn’t feel good at all – I didn’t feel like I had it in my legs, for whatever reason. Those last five kilometres were a complete grind and I was dying all the time, counting down the distance, and trying to keep myself going. It wasn’t a nice TT at all.”

Vincenzo Nibali:
“I didn’t know what to say at the finish but now that I’ve seen the times I can say that I’m happy with my performance. The Tour is still long, we’ll keep our feet on the ground. Of the GC guys, the only one who did better than me was Thibaut Pinot, who put in a wonderful time trial, two seconds better than me and he gained on the others as well. We knew he was in good condition.
In any case, it was important to do a good time to try and have a good position for the team car in the coming days and especially on the pavé.
It’s certainly been very hot today and over the past few days, and that change in temperature could have influenced things. It’s irritated me a bit. With heat like this you sometimes have the sensation that you can’t breathe properly but in the end, if I look at what the other overall contenders did, I think we all more or less broke even, finishing within 20 seconds of each other.
I think it’s right [that Boom started] because this morning Brian Cookson came to the hotel and he said that according to the UCI rules he could start. I do think we need some way of unifying all of the rules. If the UCI is the primary governing body of cycling, then I think we had to follow their rules.”

Nairo Quintana:
“The start of a Grand Tour always becomes difficult. It was a long time since I didn't ride a TT. It was a demanding effort, but I felt physically well. We weren't interested on the times by Dennis or those two started before me, but the top guys, in order to give value to the result."

Alex Dowsett:
“I’m disappointed, but it’s not a heavily surprising result; it was a really hard TT, always at full speed, even reaching 56kph into headwinds. I cooked myself early on, and when you do that on such a course and you’re down on average speed, you don’t get a choice to keep pushing and try to reach Rohan’s speed or backing off and saving it for the end. I struggled a bit compared to the big boys.”

1 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:14:56  
2 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:05  
3 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:06  
4 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:08
5 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:15
6 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:23
7 Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling
8 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:29
9 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:30
10 Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka 0:00:32
11 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:33
12 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
13 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team 0:00:36  
14 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:37  
15 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:38
16 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
17 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:40  
18 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:41  
19 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
20 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:42
21 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 0:00:43
22 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
23 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team 0:00:44
24 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
25 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge 0:00:45
26 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
27 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team
28 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step
29 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling
30 Rein Taaramae (Est) Astana Pro Team
31 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
32 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 0:00:46
33 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge
34 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:47
35 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr
36 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:49
37 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:50
38 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
39 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
40 Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:00:51
41 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:53
42 Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:55
43 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:56
44 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge 0:00:57
45 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
46 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:58  
47 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
48 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
49 Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek Factory Racing
50 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:59
51 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin
52 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN - Qhubeka
53 Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ.fr 0:01:00
54 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge
55 Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
56 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:01
57 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
58 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:01:02
59 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:01:04
60 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
61 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:01:05
62 Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky
63 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:06
64 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step
65 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky
66 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge 0:01:07
67 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
68 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:08
69 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha
70 José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18
71 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
72 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:01:09
73 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:01:10
74 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:11
75 Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
76 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
77 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
78 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 0:01:12
79 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling
80 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling
81 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr
82 Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team 0:01:13
83 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida
84 Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
85 Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar
86 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18 0:01:14
87 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:15
88 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr
89 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
90 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
91 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
92 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18 0:01:16
93 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
94 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida
95 Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:17
96 Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling
97 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 0:01:18
98 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:19
99 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal
100 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
101 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky 0:01:20
102 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:01:21
103 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
104 Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka
105 Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:01:22
106 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal
107 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
108 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
109 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:23
110 Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
111 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
112 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:24
113 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr
114 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
115 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
116 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
117 Michal Golas (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step
118 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 0:01:25
119 Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
120 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
121 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
122 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:26
123 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step
124 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
125 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha
126 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
127 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:01:27
128 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
129 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
130 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr
131 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:28
132 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:30
133 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida
134 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling 0:01:31
135 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
136 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
137 Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing
138 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
139 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:32
140 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr
141 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:33
142 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
143 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
144 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
145 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:34
146 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka
147 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
148 Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18 0:01:35
149 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar
150 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha
151 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:36
152 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:01:37
153 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
154 Nathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
155 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:01:39
156 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:40
157 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
158 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Lampre-Merida
159 Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:41
160 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:42
161 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida
162 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:43
163 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida
164 Ivan Basso (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:45
165 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:46
166 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
167 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 0:01:47
168 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
169 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:48
170 Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
171 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18
172 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:49
173 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:50
174 José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team
175 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka 0:01:51
176 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
177 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
178 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha
179 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:53
180 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:54
181 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha 0:01:55
182 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida
183 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:57
184 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:58
185 Frédéric Brun (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 0:02:01
186 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:02:02
187 Jose Rodolfo Serpa (Col) Lampre-Merida 0:02:09
188 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:02:12
189 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:02:13
190 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:14
191 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
192 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 0:02:18
193 Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 0:02:23
194 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar 0:02:24
195 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha
196 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 0:02:25
197 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 0:02:28
198 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:36

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