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.

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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.

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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. 

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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
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