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.
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.
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A sporting view
The fourth city of the Netherlands hosts the biggest university of the country where close to 30 000 students gather and often ride there on their bikes. In Utrecht, cycling is like a second nature. Based on such a success, the municipality has launched the construction of a monumental bicycle parking, the biggest in the world that will welcome in front of the train station 12 500 bikes throughout 2016. It'll actually be beside this temple honouring cycling that the finish of stage 1 will take place.
Capital of Utrecht province
Economy: tertiary services, large companies (including Pro Rail and Rabobank) have their headquarters there
Specialities: domtorentje (chocolate sweets)
Sport: FC Utrecht (football), SV Kampong (multi-sports)
Personalities: Adrian VI (pope), Gerrit Rietveld (architect), Sylvia Kristel (actress), Anton Geesink (judo), Marco van Basten, Wesley Sneijder (football), Dick Bruna (designer), Miffy (rabbit)
Festivals: Jaarbeurs (Utrecht Fair), Vakantiebeurs (Holiday Fair), Boekenfestijn (Book Festival), KreaDoe, 50PlusBeurs, Motorfiets (car show), Trance Energy
Jersey wearers after the stage 1
- 07/04Rohan Dennis comes of age
- 07/04Fabian Cancellara: «Rohan has...
- 07/04Thibaut Pinot: "I like time trials...
- 07/04Rohan Dennis: "I expected to win"
- 07/04Alain Gallopin: "A good course for...
- 07/04Damien Gaudin: "I'll have some goose...
- 07/04Tony Martin: "I like the course... a...
- 07/04Chris Froome: "It's about power and...
The Jerseys of the Tour
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Sponsorship and Environment
Since it was founded, Amaury Sport Organisation has been involved in various sponsorship and philanthropy activities. It is the generosity of sport that can be found in a certain number of initiatives aiming to invest in the workings of the disciplines themselves (sponsorship of the French Federation of Cycling), in a humanitarian and social framework, (Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, Actions Dakar, Un Techo Para Mi Pais) or in the environmental sphere (Madre De Dios, selective sorting, etc.). Read more
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