CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

"When we see Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde are within 25-30 seconds of him with all the big mountains we know will come, the time loss is nothing for him, just a small gap."

Photo: Sirotti

JOAQUIM RODRIGUEZ OLIVER

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

KATUSHA ALPECIN

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS

TOUR DE FRANCE

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS
04.07.2015 @ 21:46 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

For the sixth time in Tour de France history, the Grand Départ took place in the Netherlands, with the city of Utrecht hosting the 13,8 km opening time trial for the 102nd edition of the biggest race of the cycling season. An early time to beat posted by Rohan Dennis (BMC) held off all challengers as the only rider to go under the 15-minute mark with a time of 14.56, earning the stage win and the yellow jersey for the 25-year old Australian rider. Joining him on the daily podium were Tony Martin of Etixx – Quick Step at 5-seconds and Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) another second behind. For Team Katusha it was about staying close to the general classification contenders and keeping all riders safe in the opening stage.

 

"Our goal was for Joaquim Rodriguez to not lose too much time today compared to the GC contenders. When we see Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde are within 25-30 seconds of him with all the big mountains we know will come, the time loss is nothing for him, just a small gap. The guys gave their maximum today and in the next days we will see how things come out, especially for Alexander Kristoff who will look for bonus seconds and stage results in the next days. Both Kristoff and Rodriguez said they had good feelings in their legs today so we know opportunities will come. Of course we won the team time trial today in Austria bringing victory number 33 for the team and that makes it a very good day for Team Katusha.   Now the only individual time trial for the Tour is over and the only remaining TT is the team time trial in stage 9. That will be an important day, and gaps will be bigger than today. There are so many things between now and then so we will take it day by day as we work toward our goals of placing Joaquim high in the GC, we hunt for stage wins with both him and Kristoff and we work for the green jersey, too," said team director José Azevedo.

 

The first rider to kick off the 2015 Tour de France was Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka) with defending champion Vicenzo Nibali (Astana) the final rider on course. The 198 riders raced in hot temperatures for the 13,8 km course which started somewhat technical but was mostly on flat, open roads. The only check point came at 7,1 km where Rohan Dennis was one second behind eventual fifth place finisher Jos Van Emden (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) but more than made up the time to win the overall by five seconds.          

 

Stage 2 stays in the cycling-loving Netherlands with the first road stage of the 2015 Tour de France. The start begins in Utrecht and rolls toward the Atlantic Ocean where the possibility of wind could play a part in the action of the day. At 166 km the very flat stage ends in Neeltje Jans. 

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13

Currently no news in this list

Christian VANDE VELDE
46 years | today
Davide BALDACCINI
24 years | today
Nikol PłOSAJ
26 years | today
Laurent MANGEL
41 years | today
Elodie Le BAIL
32 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com