Tour de France Stage 1: Dennis claims first maillot jaune in Utrecht

BMC rider tops Martin and Cancellara

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.

Rohan Dennis pulled off an audacious upset on a hot and windy afternoon in Utrecht to record his first professional time trial victory and become the seventh Australian to wear the yellow jersey. German national champion Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) struggled in the conditions as he finished second, five seconds behind Dennis. Having won the last five opening tests against the clock in the Tour de France, Fabian Cancellara could only manage third with the BMC rider upsetting the favourites with the fastest ever Tour de France time trial.

Having switched to BMC from Garmin mid-way through last season, the move has paid dividends for Dennis has since won the Tour Down Under, held the world Hour Record, worn yellow at the Critérium du Dauphiné. He was also a member of BMC's world champion team time trial success last September.

A flying ride by Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) saw the Dutchman record the fastest time at the intermediate checkpoint and set the early mark for success. Dennis put 15 seconds into his time to book a long and nervous afternoon in the hot seat.

"We decided to go off early, set a benchmark and make everyone else chase me. It worked out perfectly," said Dennis who had finished second in his last two time trials. "There's a little bit of shock. We've worked with the team and came out here about a month ago to check and recon the course. It's the Tour de France and the yellow jersey. I've always dreamed of being in this position and now I am.

"It started to sink in when I saw the big threats come in behind me. It was surreal but a few emotions came out."

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) had the support of the crowd but the wait for the nation's first yellow jersey since 1989 was extended for another day as he also faded on the second half of the course. Dumoulin caught minuteman Tiago Machado on the final corner, losing half a second but there was no 'what if' when he crossed he line. Closest of the favourites at the time check, Dumoulin like Martin and Cancellara after him, saw his challenge unravel on the second half of the course.

Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was the best of the 'fab four' as he crossed the line the 22nd place. 2013 champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) was next in 39th place, seven seconds down on Nibali, with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) conceding 15 seconds and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 18 seconds.

The LottoNL-Jumbo duo of Wilco Kelderman (9th) and Robert Gesink (11th) lived up to expectation on home soil as the best of the GC contenders. A third Dutchman,

Bauke Mollema (Trek) put his recent back injures aside to finish in 11th place followed by Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Tejay van Garderen (BMC) in 20th place. It was another Frenchman, Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) who now finds himself on the back foot by conceding 54 seconds to his compatriot.

Rohan dennis of bmc claims the maillot jaune on stage 1 of the 2015 tour de france:
Rohan dennis of bmc claims the maillot jaune on stage 1 of the 2015 tour de france:

The early pace setters

Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka) had the honour of being the first rider down the start ramp wearing the colours of the Eritrean national champion and duly set the fastest times at the intermediate time check and the finish line. Jack Bauer (Cannondale-Garmin) was the first to topple Teklehaimanot, knocking 23 seconds off his time at the finish. MTN-Qhubeka would later be celebrating Steve Cummings' tenth place after all 198 riders had finished.

Jos Van Emden then set an early reference with the first sub 16-minute ride at 15:11 minutes. Robert Gesink was first rider within ten seconds of his Teammate before Dennis came within once second of his time on his blistering ride. Where the majority of the 198 riders slowed from the time check, Dennis was accelerating as his minuteman Lars Bak found out.

Dutch champion Kelderman was impressive on his Tour debut to cross the line in ninth and continue the impressive run of LottoNL-Jumbo on the day and claim the team classification prize. While Kelderman and Dumoulin had the support of the crowds, Alex Dowsett was doing a stealth job to appear seventh at the time check but unlike his Hour Record efforts, his pacing was off to slip to 13th. It was a similar story for Jonathan Castroviejo, Matthias Brandle and Geraint Thomas who all came through the time check within five seconds of Dennis but struggled in the final kilometres.

Having been unsure of his participation in the Tour de France due to failing a pre-race MPCC cortisol test, Lars Boom turns his pedals in anger finished in 23rd, just one second behind teammate Nibali who was the best Astana rider on the day. 

Along with yellow, Dennis was also awarded the best young rider and points classification jerseys. Stage 2 of the Tour de France starts in Utrecht and finishes in the 'sea' at Zélande 166km later.

 Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:14:56 
2Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:05 
3Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:00:06 
4Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:08 
5Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:15 
6Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:23 
7Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling  
8Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team0:00:29 
9Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:30 
10Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:32 
11Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:33 
12Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky  
13Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:00:36 
14Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:00:37 
15Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:00:38 
16Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
17Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:40 
18Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:41 
19Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
20Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:42 
21Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky0:00:43 
22Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
23Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team0:00:44 
24Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
25Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge0:00:45 
26John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
27Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team  
28Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step  
29Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
30Rein Taaramae (Est) Astana Pro Team  
31Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
32Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:00:46 
33Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge  
34Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:47 
35Jérémy Roy (Fra)  
36Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:49 
37Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling0:00:50 
38Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
39Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky  
40Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling0:00:51 
41Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:53 
42Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:55 
43Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:56 
44Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge0:00:57 
45Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
46Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:58 
47Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
48Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal  
49Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek Factory Racing  
50Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:59 
51Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin  
52Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN - Qhubeka  
53Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ.fr0:01:00 
54Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge  
55Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
56Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:01:01 
57Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
58Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:01:02 
59Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:01:04 
60Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
61Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:05 
62Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky  
63Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:06 
64Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step  
65Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky  
66Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge0:01:07 
67Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
68Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:01:08 
69Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha  
70José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18  
71Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha  
72Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling0:01:09 
73Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:01:10 
74Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:01:11 
75Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
76André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
77Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team  
78Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:01:12 
79Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling  
80Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
81Arnaud Demare (Fra)  
82Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team0:01:13 
83Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida  
84Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
85Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar  
86Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 180:01:14 
87Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:01:15 
88William Bonnet (Fra)  
89Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
90Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
91Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
92Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 180:01:16 
93Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
94Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida  
95Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:01:17 
96Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling  
97Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge0:01:18 
98Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:01:19 
99Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal  
100Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
101Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky0:01:20 
102Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:21 
103Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
104Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka  
105Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka0:01:22 
106Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal  
107Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
108Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
109Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha0:01:23 
110Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
111Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo  
112Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:24 
113Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra)  
114Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
115Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
116Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
117Michal Golas (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step  
118Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:01:25 
119Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
120Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
121Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
122Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:26 
123Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step  
124Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
125Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha  
126Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
127Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:27 
128Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
129Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
130Alexandre Geniez (Fra)  
131Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:28 
132Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:30 
133Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida  
134Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling0:01:31 
135Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
136Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
137Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing  
138Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
139Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:32 
140Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra)  
141Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:01:33 
142Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
143Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
144Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
145Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:34 
146Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
147Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
148Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 180:01:35 
149Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar  
150Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha  
151Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:36 
152Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:01:37 
153Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
154Nathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
155Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:39 
156Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:40 
157Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
158Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Lampre-Merida  
159Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:41 
160Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:42 
161Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
162Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:43 
163Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
164Ivan Basso (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:45 
165Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:46 
166Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
167Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:01:47 
168Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
169Johan Van Summeren (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:48 
170Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
171Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18  
172Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:49 
173Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing0:01:50 
174José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
175Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka0:01:51 
176Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar  
177Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
178Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha  
179Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:53 
180Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky0:01:54 
181Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha0:01:55 
182Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida  
183Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:57 
184Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:58 
185Frédéric Brun (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:02:01 
186Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr0:02:02 
187Jose Rodolfo Serpa (Col) Lampre-Merida0:02:09 
188Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:12 
189Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:02:13 
190Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:14 
191Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
192Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:02:18 
193Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:02:23 
194Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:24 
195Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha  
196Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:02:25 
197Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:02:28 
198Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:36

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