Rohan Dennis Wins Yellow after Record-Breaking Time Trial

Cycle//Tour de France

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Rohan Dennis has secured his first ever yellow jersey, thumping his rivals in a record-breaking individual time-trial run in the opening stage of the Tour de France.

The BMC rider finished the flat 14km Utrecht course in less than 15 minutes, recording the fastest average pace for an individual time trial in Tour de France history at 55.446km/ph. However, Dennis' team said their tracking data suggested the course was 300m shorter than officials said, meaning he wouldn't have broken the record. But race organisers are sticking to the stage length. 

Tony Martin, one of the pre-stage favourites, finished five seconds behind with Fabian Cancellera a further second behind. 

Steve Cummings was the best placed British rider in 10th, 32 seconds behind Dennis. Team Sky's Geraint Thomas finished 12th on the same time. 

Among the leaders, reigning champion Vincenzo Nibali gained an early advantage, picking up seven seconds on Chris Froome, eight seconds on Alberto Contador and 46 seconds on Nairo Quintana. 

 

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