Tour de France: Rohan Dennis 1a maglia gialla, l'ex recordman vince la crono 1a tappa Utrecht/Utrecht di 13.8 km, Nibali migliore dei big pubblicato il 04/07/2015

Rohan Dennis (foto a sx) vince la prova a cronometro davanti a  Tony Martin e Fabian Cancellara - Vincenzo Nibali (foto a dx) dimostra di essere il big in veste classifica generale più pronto fra tutti, Chris Froome (+ 7"), Alberto Contador (+15") e Nairo Quintana (+18") © Photo Luca Bettini - BettiniPhoto.net


una vista caratteristica della città di 
Utrecht




1a tappa Sabato 4 luglio  -  Utrecht / Utrecht  - Cronometro individuale 13.8 km

Nessuno dei concorrenti al via potrà sottovalutare questa prima cronometro lunga quasi 14 chilometri, disegnata su un percorso urbano ad Utrecht, rinomata cittadina dei Paesi Bassi. Sarà l'occasione per i cronoman di guadagnare secondi preziosi sui rivali scalatori avvantaggiandosi in vista delle grandi montagne, numerose in questa edizione della Grande Boucle.





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I quattro top rider (Nibali, Froome, Contador e Quintana), favoriti per la lotta alla maglia gialla che verrà assegnata a Parigi domenica 26 luglio,i quando sarà incoronato il Re del 102° Tour de France

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Rohan Dennis (foto a sx) vince la prova a cronometro davanti a  Tony Martin e Fabian Cancellara - Vincenzo Nibali (foto a dx) dimostra di essere il big in veste classifica generale più pronto fra tutti, Chris Froome (+ 7"), Alberto Contador (+15") e Nairo Quintana (+18") © Photo Luca Bettini - BettiniPhoto.net

L'australiano ex recordman dell'ora, Rohan Dennis vince la cronometro inaugurale del Tour de France vestendo la 1a maglia gialla - Nibali è il migliore dei big con 7" di vantaggio su Froome, 15" su Contador e 18" su Quintana.
 
Utretch (Olanda), 4 luglio 2015 - L’australiano Rohan Dennis è la prima Maglia Gialla del 102° Tour de France. L'ex recordman ha spiazzato l'agguerrita concorrenza di Tony Martin e Fabian Cancellara, i favoriti alla vigilia della prima frazione di 13,8 km disegnati lungo le vie di Utretch in Olanda, conquistando la cronometro individuale con 5" di vantaggio dal tedesco del Team Etix-Quick Step e 6" dallo svizzero del Team Trek Factory Racing.

Il migliore degli azzurri è stato Adriano Malori (Movistar Team), ottavo classificato a 29 secondi dal vincitore.

Accesa già al via oggi dall'Olanda, la miccia per la lotta alla classifica generale che è stata bruciata da uno su tutti: la maglia gialla uscente di Parigi 2014 Vincenzo Nibali.
Il capitano del Team Astana che dopo aver rischiato di perdere Lars Boom, l'olandese prezioso gregario, in seguito al controllo sulla salute di venerdì, che ha riscontrato un basso livello di cortisolo nel sangue, sintomo di sovraffaticamento ma non di doping, ha fatto il miglior tempo fra i big, rifilando ai diretti avversari dai 7 secondi su Chris Froome, ai 15 secondi sull'ultima maglia rosa Alberto Contador, fino ai 18" sul colombiano Nairo Quintana, facendo quindi ben sperare per questa caldissima prima settimana di Grade Boucle, disseminata di Muri, pavè ed arrivi difficili.

Si chiude una prima giornata molto calda con 34 gradi di temperatura rilevati nell'aria, che hanno creato non pochi problemi ai corridori, tanto che alcuni, Nibali compreso, hanno indossato nel riscaldamento pre-gara uno speciale giacchetto con applicati cubetti di ghiaccio, al fine di raffreddare la temperatura corporea.
 
Domani prima tappa,  la 2a,  in linea pedalata sempre in Olanda da Utrecht a Port Zélande, 166 km che termineranno in una delle zone turistiche dei Paesi Bassi realizzate strappando terre dal mare. 
 

Ordine d'arrivo e classifica generale 1a tappa 102° Tour de France 
1    Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team    0:14:56     
2    Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step    0:00:05     
3    Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing    0:00:06     
4    Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin    0:00:08     
5    Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo    0:00:15     
6    Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team    0:00:23     
7    Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling          
8    Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team    0:00:29     
9    Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo    0:00:30     
10    Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka    0:00:32     

11    Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo    0:00:33     
12    Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky          
13    Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team    0:00:36     
14    Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing    0:00:37     
15    Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing    0:00:38     
16    Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team          
17    Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step    0:00:40     
18    Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr    0:00:41     
19    Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo          
20    Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team    0:00:42     
21    Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky    0:00:43     
22    Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team          
23    Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team    0:00:44     
24    Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team          
25    Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge    0:00:45     
26    John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin          
27    Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team          
28    Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step          
29    Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling          
30    Rein Taaramae (Est) Astana Pro Team          
31    Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo          
32    Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    0:00:46     
33    Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge          
34    Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo    0:00:47     
35    Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr          
36    Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo    0:00:49     
37    Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling    0:00:50     
38    Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team          
39    Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky          
40    Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling    0:00:51     
41    Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team    0:00:53     
42    Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNL-Jumbo    0:00:55     
43    Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team    0:00:56     
44    Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge    0:00:57     
45    Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team          
46    Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo    0:00:58     
47    Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge          
48    Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal          
49    Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek Factory Racing          
50    Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    0:00:59     

51    Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin          
52    Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN - Qhubeka          
53    Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ.fr    0:01:00     
54    Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge          
55    Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale          
56    Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing    0:01:01     
57    Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team          
58    Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team    0:01:02     
59    Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team    0:01:04     
60    Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team          
61    Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin    0:01:05     
62    Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky          
63    Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo    0:01:06     
64    Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step          
65    Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky          
66    Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge    0:01:07     
67    Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo          
68    Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky    0:01:08     
69    Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha          
70    José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18          
71    Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha          
72    Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling    0:01:09     
73    Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal    0:01:10     
74    Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky    0:01:11     
75    Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team          
76    André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal          
77    Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team          
78    Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18    0:01:12     
79    Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling          
80    Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling          
81    Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr          
82    Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team    0:01:13     
83    Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida          
84    Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step          
85    Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar          
86    Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18    0:01:14     
87    Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team    0:01:15     
88    William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr          
89    Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team          
90    Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team          
91    Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo          
92    Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18    0:01:16     
93    Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo          
94    Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida          
95    Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team    0:01:17     
96    Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling          
97    Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge    0:01:18     
98    Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team    0:01:19     
99    Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal          
100    Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing          
101    Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky    0:01:20     
102    Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal    0:01:21     
103    Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka          
104    Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka          
105    Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka    0:01:22     
106    Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal          
107    Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement          
108    Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge          
109    Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha    0:01:23     
110    Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo          
111    Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo          
112    Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    0:01:24     
113    Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr          
114    Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits          
115    Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits          
116    Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team          
117    Michal Golas (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step          
118    Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 18    0:01:25     
119    Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18          
120    Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits          
121    Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin          
122    Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step    0:01:26     
123    Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step          
124    Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal          
125    Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha          
126    Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team          
127    Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin    0:01:27     
128    Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team          
129    Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka          
130    Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr          
131    Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    0:01:28     
132    Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    0:01:30     
133    Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida          
134    Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling    0:01:31     
135    Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement          
136    Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits          
137    Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing          
138    Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18          
139    Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale    0:01:32     
140    Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr          
141    Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team    0:01:33     
142    Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal          
143    Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits          
144    Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement          
145    Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    0:01:34     
146    Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka          
147    Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team          
148    Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18    0:01:35     
149    Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar          
150    Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha          
151    Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    0:01:36     
152    Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    0:01:37     
153    Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin          
154    Nathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team          
155    Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin    0:01:39     
156    Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo    0:01:40     
157    Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement          
158    Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Lampre-Merida          
159    Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha    0:01:41     
160    Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    0:01:42     
161    Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida          
162    Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    0:01:43     
163    Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida          
164    Ivan Basso (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo    0:01:45     
165    Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick-Step    0:01:46     
166    Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar          
167    Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal    0:01:47     
168    Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing          
169    Johan Van Summeren (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale    0:01:48     
170    Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits          
171    Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18          
172    Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo    0:01:49     
173    Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing    0:01:50     
174    José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team          
175    Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka    0:01:51     
176    Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar          
177    Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team          
178    Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha          
179    Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar    0:01:53     
180    Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky    0:01:54     
181    Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha    0:01:55     
182    Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida          
183    Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar    0:01:57     
184    Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    0:01:58     
185    Frédéric Brun (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement    0:02:01     
186    Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr    0:02:02     
187    Jose Rodolfo Serpa (Col) Lampre-Merida    0:02:09     
188    Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin    0:02:12     
189    Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida    0:02:13     
190    Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale    0:02:14     
191    Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits          
192    Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement    0:02:18     
193    Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement    0:02:23     
194    Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar    0:02:24     
195    Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha          
196    Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement    0:02:25     
197    Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement    0:02:28     
198    Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    0:03:36


Tony Martin in azione - © Photo  Etixx - Quick-Step/Tim De Waele
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Tony Martin Action
Tour de France Stage 1: Martin 2nd in the Scorching Heat
04-Jul-2015: Etixx - Quick-Step rider Tony Martin finished 2nd, 5" down on winner Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) in the 13.8km Le Tour de France Stage 1 individual time trial in Utrecht on Saturday. Dennis won with a time of 14'56" (55.446km/h), which was 6" faster than Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) in 3rd place.

Le Grand Départ was a flat and simple time trial, but was complicated by scorching heat as the temperature reached 36 degrees Celsius. Tony Martin crossed the 7.1km checkpoint 4" down on the fastest time of Jos Van Emden (Team LottoNL - Jumbo), and 3" down on Dennis.

Rigoberto Uran also placed 17th, 40" down, among many of the top GC contenders and time trial specialists.  

Etixx - Quick-Step has earned 35 second places in 2015 to complement 34 road wins.

Etixx - Quick-Step looks next to Stage 2 on Sunday. The second stage is on the seacost, going along the harbor from Utrecht to Zeeland during a completely flat 166km stage.

Tony MartinI knew starting the Tour de France with this time trial was a great chance for myself and the team to possibly wear the yellow jersey in Utrecht," Martin said. "I did the best preparation possible to be at this race at 100 percent. I had great support from the team and the staff around me, so I could really focus on the race. But today I was struggling a little bit with the heat. It was not easy to warm up on the rollers and then riding 15 minutes in the heat. Even in the second half I was already tired. I'm used to warming up after 5 to 7 kilometers, and then my race starts. But today I couldn't really change rhythm. I was doing my best to go until the finish. I am sure in different weather circumstances I could do better. Still, considering everything, to still finish 2nd I am happy about it. I always want to win, but today I found a great Rohan Dennis who deserved the victory. There is still a big opportunity for yellow in the next days. Everyone knows this first week will be crazy and we have for sure one of the strongest and best teams for the parcours of the next days. So, yes, I am disappointed, but the Tour de France has only just begun. I have a great team around me that will further boost my morale, for sure."

"Tony was really focused in the last week," Sport and Development Manager Rolf Aldag said. "He knew how important this race could be for him. He did everything to be ready for this race, and to be honest he was very good in the race today. So OK, of course we always try to win, but we have to also say that Rohan Dennis did a great time trial, so congratulations to him. When you lose a time trial by a few seconds you always wonder where you could have gained or lost a few seconds. Today after a few kilometers Tony got hit by a plastic cap on the road, and the impact made his chain drop to the middle ring. Tony lost a second to shift back to the big ring. But it's a really small detail and it didn't make the difference between a victory and 2nd place. Now we need to look forward. Tomorrow we have to turn the page and stay focused on that stage rather than still thinking about the stage of today. We will try to get a good result tomorrow."

 
Team LAMPRE-MERIDA

Rui il migliore a crono per la LAMPRE-MERIDA

Rui the best rider for LAMPRE-MERIDA in the time trial

4 luglio 2015 

In una giornata dalle temperature elevatissime, Rui Costa (foto Bettini) ha lanciato la Merida Warp TT a 51,269 km di media oraria lungo i 13,8 km della crono di Utrecht, 1^ tappa del Tour de France 2015.
Un riscontro cronometrico che non è valso un posto nei quartieri alti della graduatoria di tappa, ma che comunque ha consentito di limitare il divario dai corridori che proveranno a rimanere nelle posizioni "buone" della classifica generale.
Con il tempo di 15'09",
Rui Costa si è piazzato all'83° posto, migliore risultato per la LAMPRE-MERIDA.

La tappa è stata vinta dall'australiano Dennis in 14'56", alla media record di 55,446 km/h.


"Sono partito bene, nella prima parte del percorso le gambe giravano a dovere e sono riuscito a spingere - ha spiegato Rui Costa Poi sono entrato nei settori maggiormente favorevoli agli specialisti e, come da previsioni, ho pagato diversi secondi.
Rispetto agli altri uomini di classifica ho limitato il divario, ora mi concentro già sulla insidiosa tappa di domani".


Il ds Philippe Mauduit ha sottolineato che: "Non avendo un cronoman puro per un percorso così piatto, puntavamo a contenere il distacco di Rui dagli altri corridori di punta per la graduatoria generale.
Il divario non è ampio, potranno generare distacchi più grandi tappe come quella di domani, davvero impegnativa per vento e tracciato. Dovremo correre come una squadra compatta, senza disunirci davanti alle insidie della corsa".


CLASSIFICA DI TAPPA E CLASSIFICA GENERALE
1- Dennis 14h56'"
2- Martin 5"
3- Cancellara 6"
4- Dumoulin 8"
5- Van Emden 15"
83- Rui Costa 1'13"
94- Oliveira 1'16", 133- Valls 1'30", 158- Plaza 1'40", 162- Pozzato 1'42", 163- Cimolai 1'43", 182- Durasek 1'55", 187- Serpa 2'09", 189- Bono 2'13"

 

In a hot summer day, Rui Costa (photo Bettini) hurles his Merida Warp TT at an average speed of 51,269 km/h on the 13,8 km course in Utrecht, in the first stage of the Tour de France 2015.
The Portuguese talent covered the course in 15'09" and this performance did not grant him a place in the top of the stage classification (83rd place, 1'13" to the winning performance of
Dennis, who pedaled at a record average speed of 55,446 km/h), however he could limit the gap to the other top contenders for the overall classification.

"I was competitive in the first part of the course, my legs were good and I succeded in pedaling at a high speed - Rui Costa said - In the central part, where the course became more suitable for the specialists of the time trial, I lost seconds: I was aware it could have happened.
I've already focused my attention on tomorrow stage, which will be very insidous".


The sport director Philippe Mauduit explained that: "We were aware that, without a pure time trial specialist for these kind of course, our target was to limit the gap from the top contenders for the overall classifciation.
The gap is not so large, I think stages such tomorrow one will make larger gaps. It will be very important to ride as an unite team, pedaling one mate close to the other in order to overtake the dangers that the wind and the course will create".


STAGE STANDING AND OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Dennis 14h56'"
2- Martin 5"
3- Cancellara 6"
4- Dumoulin 8"
5- Van Emden 15"
83- Rui Costa 1'13"
94- Oliveira 1'16", 133- Valls 1'30", 158- Plaza 1'40", 162- Pozzato 1'42", 163- Cimolai 1'43", 182- Durasek 1'55", 187- Serpa 2'09", 189- Bono 2'13"

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Top 10 finish on Le Tour debut for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung

Steve Cummings storms home in 10th for MTN-Qhubeka

The 1st stage of the Tour de France was a spectacle unrivaled by anything else we have experienced. We could not have hoped for a better start to our Grande Boucle either with Steve Cummings finishing in a terrific 10th place.

It was a day of so many highs for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung with Daniel Teklehaimanot being the first rider to get the 102nd Tour de France started as he rolled off the start ramp at 14:00 in Utrecht. The crowds, which were bursting at the seams at around 800 000 strong, made for an unbelievable atmosphere which really motivated our African team.

Each of our riders put in strong rides with our Briton Steve Cummings storming home in an exceptional time of 15'28" over the 13.8km course. Steve's time would be good enough for 10th on the day, an exceptional performance against 198 of the best riders in the world.

Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing), the former world hour record holder took the stage win and yellow jersey ahead of multiple world time trial champions, Tony Martin (Etixx-Quickstep) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) respectively.

Steve Cummings - Rider
It was a super day. Physically the effort was good but I also never really felt composed. I don't know, I think it was possibly the occasion that got to me a bit and I messed up a lot of corners, well pretty much every corner actually. But having said that, to come to the biggest bike race in the world it is great for the team to see we can all make mistakes but are able to compete with the best in the world. It was my goal to really deliver something good today for that reason, to give the team a bit of a lift and some confidence. Unfortunately it wasn't as good as I hoped but I think it was still pretty good to be honest.

Jens Zemke - Head of Performance
I think we can be really proud and really happy with the result we achieved. A top 10 in the opening stage is what we wanted, it was what we were trying to achieve and Steve did. The crowd was also amazing being at the Tour de France for the first time, so Steve finishing 10th is beautiful

About MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung 
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung was founded in 2007, steadily working its way up from a regional team to now being a Continental Pro team with bases in South Africa and Italy. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s goal is to give talented African riders a path into the pro peloton while raising funds for Qhubeka. In 2015, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are inviting you to help them mobilise 5,000 kids on bicycles. To contribute to the #BicyclesChangeLives Campaign, click here.

Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to progress”“to move forward”. Qhubeka (qhubeka.org) is World Bicycle Relief's program in South Africa. World Bicycle Relief (worldbicyclerelief.org) is a global non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation. Since World Bicycle Relief’s founding in 2005, it has delivered more than 220,000 specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to people in need. To contribute to the #BicyclesChangeLives Campaign, click here.

MTN (mtn.co.za) is a long-time supporter of Qhubeka and the team. Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator, connecting 219.2 million subscribers in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Learn more about the team at www.teammtnqhubeka.com.
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Tour de France: Rohan Dennis 1a maglia gialla, l'ex recordman vince la crono 1a tappa Utrecht/Utrecht di 13.8 km, Nibali migliore dei big
Tour de France: Rohan Dennis 1a maglia gialla, l'ex recordman vince la crono 1a tappa Utrecht/Utrecht di 13.8 km, Nibali migliore dei big
Tour de France: Rohan Dennis 1a maglia gialla, l'ex recordman vince la crono 1a tappa Utrecht/Utrecht di 13.8 km, Nibali migliore dei big
Tony Martin in azione © Image credits 040715-Team-Etixx-Quick-Step---TDF-Stage-1---Tony-MARTIN--_Tim-De-Waele.jpg - Etixx - Quick-Step/Tim De Waele
Tony Martin in azione © Image credits 040715-Team-Etixx-Quick-Step---TDF-Stage-1---Tony-MARTIN--_Tim-De-Waele.jpg - Etixx - Quick-Step/Tim De Waele
Tony Martin in azione © Image credits 040715-Team-Etixx-Quick-Step---TDF-Stage-1---Tony-MARTIN--_Tim-De-Waele.jpg - Etixx - Quick-Step/Tim De Waele
CAMPIONI in azione nella cronometro inaugurale del 02° Tour de France © Photo Luca Bettini-BettiniPhoto.net
CAMPIONI in azione nella cronometro inaugurale del 02° Tour de France © Photo Luca Bettini-BettiniPhoto.net
CAMPIONI in azione nella cronometro inaugurale del 02° Tour de France © Photo Luca Bettini-BettiniPhoto.net
CAMPIONI in azione nella cronometro inaugurale del 02° Tour de France © Photo Luca Bettini-BettiniPhoto.net
CAMPIONI in azione nella cronometro inaugurale del 02° Tour de France © Photo Luca Bettini-BettiniPhoto.net
CAMPIONI in azione nella cronometro inaugurale del 02° Tour de France © Photo Luca Bettini-BettiniPhoto.net
CAMPIONI in azione nella cronometro inaugurale del 02° Tour de France © Photo Luca Bettini-BettiniPhoto.net
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