Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) produced the time trial of his career to win the opening stage of the 2017 Tour de France and take the first yellow jersey of the race.
The Welshman defied the weather conditions in Dusseldorf to stop the clock in 16 minutes and four seconds on the 14km course, with BMC Racing’s Stefan Kung five seconds adrift in second, and Thomas’ Sky team-mate, Vasil Kiryienka, seven seconds back in third. The pre-stage favourite, world champion Tony Martin (Katusha), finished fourth.
Thomas arrived at the Tour de France with a question mark over his form having crashed out of the Giro d’Italia in May and raced only once since, at the Route du Sud in mid-June.
However, the 31-year-old showed he is not only fit and healthy but in fighting form to secure his first Grand Tour stage win and become the eighth British riders to pull on the maillot jaune.