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Watch: Tour de France 2017 Stage 1 video highlights

Pete Muir
1 Jul 2017

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas surprise win in 14km time-trial

Summary - Stage 1 - Tour de France 2017 by tourdefrance_en

On an opening stage full of surprises, Team Sky's Geraint Thomas took the yellow jersey with a time of 16 minutes and 4 seconds. His teammate Chris Froome came in sixth, only 12 seconds behind, to put him in a commanding position against his GC rivals.

The other main contenders – Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Alberto Contador (Treg-Segafredo) and Fabio Aru (Astana) – were all around 30-40 seconds behind the Team Sky leader.

To showcase Sky's dominance, the British team managed to get two other riders into the top ten on GC after Stage 1: Vasil Kiryienka and Michal Kwiatkowski.

The favourite for the day, Germany's Tony Martin (Katusha), could only manage fourth place, eight seconds behind Thomas, as he struggled to cope with the rain-lashed conditions that made the course treacherous.

Movistar's Alejandro Valverde fell victim to the rain, when he slipped on a corner and crashed heavily, putting him out of the race.