Tour de France: Geraint Thomas wins stage 1

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) put in a stunning performance to win the opening time trial of the Tour de France, covering the 14km in Düsseldorf course in a time of 16:04 to take the first leader's yellow jersey. 

Stefan Küng (BMC) was second at five seconds with former world champion Vasil Kiryienka (Sky) third at seven seconds. Froome came in sixth at 12 seconds, the best of the overall favourites to give Team Sky another reason to celebrate.

The opening stage was marked by heavy rain and wet roads that sparked many crashes. Movistar veteran Alejandro Valverde was the most seriously injured, and went to hospital after crashing full force into the barriers. Initial reports suggested he fractured his kneecap and cut his leg.

Thomas had to sit in the hot seat and suffer as his rivals finished. He finally got to celebrate when last starter Froome crossed the line.

"It's an amazing feeling. I didn't believe it was going to happen, I thought, 'Martin's going to beat me, or somebody's going to beat me,' " Thomas said.

"I've had my fair share of bad luck this year. Also, back home the last month hasn't been great, all this year actually. It's amazing to get this win, and big thanks to everyone who's supported me. Big shout out to my wife, and my mum as well. We've both had a bit of a rough time recently. It's a great day."

How it unfolded

Elie Gesbert of Fortuneo-Oscaro celebrated both his Tour de France debut and his 22nd birthday by being the first down the start ramp on a very grey and wet day in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) was an early victim of the rain, slipping out on a turn and slip-sliding a long way into the barriers. He made his way gamely to the finish, no doubt hoping for better luck in the coming sprint finishes.

As the stage went along, the best time went from Astana's Andrei Grivko (16:21), to Sunweb's Nikias Arndt (16:20), to Quick-Step's Matteo Trentin (16:14). Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), perhaps gunning for the yellow jersey in the coming days, put in a time of 16:29. However former World Champion Vasil Kiryienka (Sky) was the next to sit in the hot seat with a time of 16:11.

The corner that took down Groenewegen seemed to hurt LottoNL-Jumbo, as George Bennett slid out there too. He needed a new bike, and the road was so slick that even the mechanic went sliding as he pushed the rider off. Lotto Soudal's Tony Gallopin also took a tumble, going straight into the barriers. Other riders crashed but were not seen on television as the rain made conditions very difficult.

Kiryienka's time withheld a challenge from one teammate Michal Kwiatkowski, but it fell to another when Thomas blasted through the finish line seven seconds faster to move into the hot seat with a time of 16:04.

Shortly thereafter, the wet road claimed a very prominent victim, as Valverde slid out and hit the barriers full force. His injuries were not immediately known but it was clear that they were serious enough to take him out of the race, and he was soon on his way to hospital.

Fellow Spaniard Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) was yet another crash victim, ultimately abandoning the race as well. It was a tough day for Spain's overall hopes.

After seeing teammates crash, more and more riders decided to take few risks on the wet roads. Richie Porte (BMC) finished a surprising 47 seconds down. Even World and German champion Tony Martin (Katusha) took it carefully through some of the corners, and finished only a disappointed fourth.

Trek-Segafredo's Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) came in some ways down as well, giving Froome ample opportunity to pick up time. Finishing just 12 seconds behind Thomas, he gained 35 seconds on Porte, 36 on Quintana and 42 on Contador.

The Tour de France has only just begun but the rain-soaked 14km time trial has left a serious mark on the race.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:16:04
2Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:05
3Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:00:07
4Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:08
5Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:00:10
6Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:00:12
7Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:15
8Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky
9Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors0:00:16
10Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
11Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb
12Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:17
13Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
14Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott0:00:19
15Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:20
16Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
17Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:25
18Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
19Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:00:27
20Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:29
21Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:30
22Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:31
23Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:32
24Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
25Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:33
26Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:34
27Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:36
28Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin
29Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott0:00:37
30Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
31Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors0:00:39
32Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team
33Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:40
34Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
35Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team
36Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:00:41
37Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb
38Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
39Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:42
40Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott
41Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott0:00:43
42Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
43Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:44
44Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
45Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:45
46Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ0:00:46
47Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb
48Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:47
49Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team
50Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:48
51Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie
52Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo
53Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
54Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:49
55Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
56Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors
57Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors
58John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
59Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
60Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:00:50
61Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie
62Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:51
63Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
64Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:52
65Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
66Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
67Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:53
68Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:00:54
69Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team
70Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
71Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
72Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
73Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team0:00:55
74Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
75Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data0:00:56
76Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team
77Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
78Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott
79André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:00:57
80Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:58
81Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb0:00:59
82Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ
83Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
84Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal
85Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:00
86Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
87Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
88Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-Scott0:01:01
89Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
90Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:02
91Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac
92Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
93Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb0:01:03
94Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin
95Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac
96Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott0:01:04
97Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
98Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin
99Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:05
100Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:01:06
101Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
102Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky0:01:08
103Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates
104Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:09
105Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
106Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
107Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data0:01:10
108Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida
109Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
110Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo
111Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:01:11
112Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
113Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates0:01:12
114Daniel Mclay (GBr) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
115Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
116Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott0:01:13
117Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida
118Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb
119Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
120Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:14
121Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
122Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team
123Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:15
124Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:16
125Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky
126Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
127Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
128Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
129Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:17
130Florian Vachon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
131Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
132Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:01:18
133Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky0:01:20
134Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
135Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ
136Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
137Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
138Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
139Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
140Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
141Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data
142Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
143Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:21
144Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:23
145Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ
146Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:24
147Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:01:25
148Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
149Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:27
150Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie
151Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie
152Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:28
153Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:29
154Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
155Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
156Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
157Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
158Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:32
159Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
160Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:36
161Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:37
162George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
163Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:01:39
164Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:01:40
165Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ
166Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:41
167Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:42
168Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data
169Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:43
170Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
171Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
172Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
173Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:01:45
174Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie
175Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida0:01:46
176Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
177Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:47
178Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
179Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJ0:01:48
180Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac
181Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data0:01:50
182Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
183Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data
184Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:54
185Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:55
186Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:57
187Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates
188Adam James Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:01:59
189Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb0:02:12
190Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
191Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:13
192Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
193Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:23
194Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates0:02:26
195Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-Scott0:03:01
196Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:03:03
DNFIon Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:03:03
DNFAlejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:03
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky20pts
2Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team17
3Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky15
4Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin13
5Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors11
6Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky10
7Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo9
8Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky8
9Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors7
10Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data6
11Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb5
12Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac4
13Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team3
14Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott2
15Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team1
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Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:16:09
2Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:20
3Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:24
4Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:29
5Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott0:00:32
6Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:35
7Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:00:36
8Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb
9Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
10Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott0:00:38
11Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:39
12Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:47
13Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:48
14Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team0:00:50
15Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:05
16Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo
17Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates0:01:07
18Daniel Mclay (GBr) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
19Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:09
20Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:10
21Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ0:01:15
22Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
23Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:19
24Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:22
25Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:23
26Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:37
27Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:42
28Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:50
29Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:07
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sky0:48:31
2Quick-Step Floors0:00:37
3Team Sunweb0:00:58
4Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:01
5Katusha-Alpecin
6BMC Racing Team0:01:07
7Movistar Team0:01:08
8Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:19
9Orica-Scott
10Astana Pro Team
11Cannondale-Drapac0:01:31
12Trek-Segafredo0:01:55
13AG2R La Mondiale0:01:59
14Dimension Data0:02:02
15FDJ0:02:06
16Lotto Soudal0:02:09
17Direct Energie0:02:12
18Bahrain-Merida0:02:36
19UAE Team Emirates