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Utrecht - Utrecht
Tour de France • Stage1
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Utrecht - Utrecht

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16:45

Dutchman Robert Gesink, Frenchman Thibaut Pinot and reigning champion Vincenzo Nibali will be most pleased out of the GC contenders after finishing 11th, 18th and 22nd respectively however it is very early days. Let's applaud that effort from Dennis instead. Chapeau!

16:41

Dennis finishes first in the opening stage of the 2015 Tour de France with a quite brilliant time of 14 minutes 56 seconds. Tony Martin has to make do with second for a change, leaving veteran powerhouse Fabian Cancellara third on the podium.

16:39

Well, well, well, it is Rohan Dennis who is finally rewarded for that record-breaking time earlier as Martin, Cancellara, Dumoulin and the GC contenders fall short. Fantastic effort from the young Australian, who will cherish this yellow jersey forever and a day.

16:18

Wow! Cancellara had every chance in that final kilometre but comes up agonisingly short at the line by six seconds to go third behind Dennis and Martin.

16:17

Reigning champ Nibali rolls down the ramp to conclude the action at the start of the course. Can any of the GC contenders give Dennis a run for his money?

16:12

Thomas faded badly in the second half of his TT, but Cancellara has dug in to provide a stiffer test of Dennis' time with both Froome and Contador now on the road too.

16:04

Thomas and Cancellara now on the road as we reach the business end of the stage with the Welshman six seconds down on the halfway split. Getting very exciting finally!

15:59

Martin was four seconds off the best halfway split, but he's cranked up the power down the back stretch. He rounds the final corner superbly, nevertheless he finishes five seconds off Dennis' amazing time. Titanic display from Der Panzerwagen!

15:51

Check out how close Dumoulin and Machado were at the finish!

15:47

TT favourite Tony Martin is now on the road for Etixx-Quick Step and he will need to go some to pip Dennis to the Stage 1 victory here. Green jersey contenders Kristoff and Matthews follow him off the ramp too as the last 30 odd riders wait for their turn.

15:42

Tom Dumoulin was tipped very heavily to impress in front of his fellow Dutch people today and he's given it one hell of a crack. After going through the 7.1km split two seconds behind Van Emden's best time, the Giant-Alpecin rider nearly collided with his predecessor on the road Tiago Machado on the final corner before finishing eight seconds down on Dennis at the line. What an effort.

15:17

The first big yellow jersey contender had this to say about his TT ride...

15:13

Pinot edges into the top 10 with a respectable time of 15m 37s, just behind Uran, as the last third of the field begin their descent off the starting ramp.

14:59

Thirty years of hurt for French cycling fans now when it comes to the ultimate GC prize in Paris with Ag2r-La Mondiale's Romain Bardet also tipped to shine along with Pinot and mountain man Pierre Rolland.

14:51

If you believe that this year's Tour is anything but a four-way battle between Froome, Quintana, Contador and Nibali then Thibaut Pinot could be the man to end the French drought when it comes to le maillot jaune. The FDJ rider is undoubtedly a class act and, if he can come through the ropey roads in the first week and the Pyrenees, then he'll have a great shout. Now he's off the ramp today, he'll want to post a decent time to show everyone he's in good nick.

14:47

André Greipel is a firm fan favourite, especially amongst sprint connoisseurs, and the big German will be keen to take on Peter Sagan, Cavendish and Alexander Kristoff when the flatter stages kick in. Outside of those four, in the absence of injured star Marcel Kittel, expect John Degenkolb, Nacer Bouhanni and Michael Matthews to be in the mix as well.

14:39

We are now halfway through the riders off the ramp for this opening stage of the 2015 Tour de France. Nibali will be the final rider to go after winning last year's race, so expect the tension to mount now round this short but hot Utrecht city course as the TT specialists look to pip Dennis' brilliant time of 14m 56s!

14:26

Roman Kreuziger, fifth overall in 2013, is now on the course for Tinkoff-Saxo. He possesses a great deal of promise, nevertheless like many of his generation, he has struggled to break through to the top table alongside Contador, Valverde and the like.

14:23

Quintana finishes one minute and one second down on Dennis, whose quite superb display has bagged him the fastest ever average speed in Tour de France history for an individual time trial. The Colombian will not be massively concerned, though, what with his playground of the Pyrenees and Alps coming up over the next few weeks.

14:00

One of the pre-race favourites Nairo Quintana has launched his Tour tilt off the ramp in a discipline he is not exactly known for! Show him a mountain and he will fly up without a second glance, but this short, sharp TT stage could leave him a fair few seconds off some of his main rivals like Contador and Froome.

13:59

Happy faces down under right now!

13:55

No surprise to see Dennis record the best time by quite some margin, the 25-year-old crossing the line just under the 15-minute mark with a quality time of 14minutes 56 seconds to push Van Emden back into second place. At the other end of the course, Rigoberto Uran is the latest big name to roll off the ramp with just over 50 riders now started.

13:49

Team Sky's Ian Stannard finished 56 seconds off leader Van Emden's time with Gesink just 18 seconds behind in second currently - perennial Tour breakaway favourite Sylvain Chavanel and Australian Luke Durbridge also in the top five as it stands.

13:44

Two outside bets for the GC have now got underway with 250-1 bet Robert Gesink looking to give the home fans a cheer, while Team Sky's Richie Porte will no doubt be keen to put a mixed Giro d'Italia firmly behind him with a strong showing over the three weeks after being pegged at a tempting 66-1 by the bookies.

13:41

Aussie Rohan Dennis is now on the course with many tipping the BMC rider to give Martin et al a run for their money. The Olympic silver medallist from London 2012 is a hugely talented rider, his Tour Down Under GC victory earlier this year illustrating what he's got in his prodigious locker.

13:35

Speaking of Dumoulin, if he manages to eclipse Martin and Cancellara then it would be the first yellow jersey for Holland since 1989. Looking back at the current riders, Jos van Emden has recorded the best time thus far with 15minutes 11 seconds. Nothing to sniff at that, so something to keep the Dutch locals in gravy until the big guns come later. Meanwhile, Mark Cavendish has rolled out to start another tilt at the green jersey.

13:30 

If you are wondering about the other favourites for today, Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) heads off the ramp first with Martin next and the extravagantly gifted veteran Fabian Cancellara the last of the top TT trio for Trek Factory Racing.

13:12 

First split of the day at 7km and Teklehaimanot records 7minutes 54seconds to give everyone a rough idea of what is possible round that first half of the course.

13:00

We're off. Daniel Teklehaimanot from the history making MTN-Qhubeka team gets us underway off the ramp with Frenchman Pierre-Luc Perichon next up. The wait is over!

12:55 

Excitement is building at the start of the course in Holland's fourth city, which is constructing the world's biggest bicycle parking area outside the front of the station in time for 2016. Cycling fans will have travelled from all over the world to crowd the sweltering course that starts off with a few tricky turns before the riders can open up and put the hammer down for a long stretch that veers left into the finish 13.8km later.

12:45

Tony Martin is extremely confident heading into this first TT stage, quite rightly after his phenomenal success over recent years at this particular discipline, however all it takes is one dodgy corner and the outsiders could see their day in the sun. Just in case you're coming fresh into the Tour without much knowledge, check out our handy 2015 guide.

12:30

Welcome to the first day of the 2015 Tour de France, which rolls out in the Dutch city of Utrecht after last year's colourful and wildly successful opening stages back in the UK. The field commence their gruelling three-week race with the only individual time trial around a 13.8km course that could well play into the hands of TT expert Tony Martin. His main rivals, though, will be anxious to put down their marker in what is sure to be a thrilling opening day ahead of the mountains and the expected four-way battle between reigning champ Vincenzo Nibali, Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana!