Thomas bounced back from the disappointment of abandoning the Giro d’Italia to win the 14km time trial ahead of BMC Racing’s Stefan Kung and claim his first Grand Tour stage victory.
It also means a British rider took the opening maillot jaune of the race for the second year running, after Mark Cavendish’s sprint success in 2016.
And, as in 2016, Chris Froome became the second Brit to pull on the jersey in the 2017 race, after replacing Thomas as race leader on La Planche des Belles Filles on stage five.
So which other Brits have led the Tour de France in its 104 editions to date? Here’s the full line-up.
Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas became latest British rider to pull on the yellow jersey after claiming an unexpected time trial win in Dusseldorf – ten years after finishing second-last in his first Tour de France appearance.
The Welshman arrived in Germany to embark on his 12th Grand Tour (and eighth Tour de France) and powered to time trial victory in difficult conditions.