time-trial - stage 1 13.8KM
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|17:49||Rohan Dennis comes of age|
The first yellow jersey of the 102nd Tour de France is Australian. Rohan Dennis of BMC Racing Team was the only rider to complete the 13.8km course in less than fifteen minutes. He outclassed the three favorites Tony Martin, Fabian Cancellara and Tom Dumoulin and rode the fastest individual time trial ever at the Tour de France.
198 riders took the start of the 2015 Tour de France, the first of them being Eritrean time trial national champion Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka), the first black African cyclist to take part in the race. The 2010 Dutch champion for individual time trial Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) who was the ninth rider in action pleased the local crowd as he set the first time of reference: 15.11. It was a strong indication that it would be a very fast race. Clocked with one second deficit from the Dutchman at the half way time check, former world hour record holder Rohan Dennis from BMC bettered his time by fifteen seconds and set the fastest ever average speed of an individual time trial at the Tour de France with 55.446. The previous record was held by Chris Boardman with 55.152km/h in Lille in 1994 on a 7.2km course.Mollema and Pinot, the best of the climbersNairo Quintana (Movistar) was the first of the top GC contenders to cover the 13.8km of the flat course. He was satisfied with his ride but another climber, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) bettered it by twenty seconds. Bauke Mollema (Trek) rode four seconds faster than the Frenchman. Among the big four, the fastest was eventual the last man on the road: defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) who walked away from stage 1 with an advantage of 7 seconds over Chris Froome, 15 seconds over Alberto Contador, and 1.01 over Quintana. All of them remained behind Pinot whose French rival Romain Bardet lost 54 seconds on him.Dennis in yellow two years after GerransDennis presumed he'd remain for a long time on the hot seat. It was the case as Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) was only one second down on him at the half way check point but crossed the line with a deficit of eight seconds. Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) also failed to approach his time of 14.56. Dennis was the only rider under fifteen minutes. Fabian Cancellara (Trek) saw his hope to win the inaugural time trial of the Tour de France for the sixth time vanishing as he was timed six seconds slower than the specialist from Adelaide. Dennis, who won the Santos Tour Down Under in January, is the first Australian to take the yellow jersey since Simon Gerrans two years ago. He was awarded in Utrecht by the King of Holland.
|19:12||Fabian Cancellara: «Rohan has been the best»|
It was very tiring. The heat was demanding for everyone but even more with a time trial helmet. I did all I could but Rohan has been the best. I've lost some mini seconds in a curve or two but it hasn't made that difference. It was an important race for me because I didn't get a chance to ride the classics this year. But it's no big deal. I've won a fair bit in my career. I race for fun and the Tour is long. There'll be other occasions, I'm sure of that.
|19:11||Thibaut Pinot: "I like time trials like this one"|
It was a nice course, not too curvy, pretty straight. I like that. I'm not a bad time trialist. In the straight time trials when power speaks for itself and I've got good legs, I know that I'll do well. One day I'd like to do the French championship for time trial if it's on a nice course with serious hills. My advantage over the other favorites is nothing compare to what's coming up in the next three weeks. It's anecdotal. However, it's important to be reassured. I was looking forward to the race to begin. Two days at the hotel, it's not what I prefer.
|19:10||Rohan Dennis: "I expected to win"|
I'll be amongst the yellow jersey holders, it's amazing but it's been stressful to wait for the outcome. I was shaking when my rivals were about to come one by one but I could judge with two to one kilometer to go. I did a trial before the race and I thought I had to ride in sixteen minutes but it was one less at the end. It was a bit of a shock. I never aim for a top 5 or to finish second or third but I'm always confident that I'd win and I wasn't confident that I'd beat Tony Martin or Fabian Cancellara this time. But I expected myself to win. More than a surprise, I would say it's been a relief. People said I was a dark horse but I had a chance to win. The heat hasn't been a problem for me. Growing up in Adelaide… everyone who comes for the Tour Down Under in January expects a hot week. Knowing that the conditions could be like that here today, we decided with my coach that after the Dauphiné I'd be training between 2 and 5pm in 35 to 40° temperatures to get adapted to the same conditions. The average speed is high: over 55. That's what I need to do to aim at a new hour record. Obviously, having the yellow jersey in the first stage is the first step to experience the pressure, the media, everything around the Tour that is much bigger than at every other race. It's the first step towards my long term goal, which is to win a Grand Tour but I'm still a long way away.The team here is 100% for Tejay [Van Garderen] here but I don't want to lose the yellow jersey after a day. I might keep it for two or three days, or until the team time trial, the longer the better, it'll be less pressure on Tejay before we ride fully for him in the third week.
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