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Tour de France Stage 1 Course Preview – Riding The Düsseldorf Time Trial

Tour de France Stage 1 Course Preview – Riding The Düsseldorf Time Trial

– The 2017 Tour de
France starts right here, in the city of Dusseldorf in Germany, with a 14 kilometre time trial. We’re gonna take a very close look at the course to see just what’s in store, see who might be in the
running to take the stage win, and therefore, the first
yellow jersey of the race. Take it away, Tom. 5,4, 3, 2, 1, ALLEZ! Go on, mate! Good luck. (upbeat music) So, this stage is technically a time trial and not a prologue, and that’s because a prologue needs to be under 8 kilometres long, and this one is, of
course, 14 kilometres long. After rolling down the start ramp, the runners then take a slight left and they’re on to this road, which is dead straight, four kilometres, not a turn in sight, and a total drag strip, much like the rest of the course, which is also (background
sounds drown out voice) tailor made for, dare I say it, Tony Martin. He’s world time trial champion. He’s German. He’s been world time trial champion three times before his current title, and he likes to push a
massive 58-tooth chainring. That’s huge! It’s unbelievable. – [Host] As Tom said, it is almost completely flat. The only gradient, in fact, are bridges to cross the river Rhine, gaining a total altitude
of just 22 metres. Now, I did have a look, and there is actually a
Strava KOM up for grabs on each one, even if the Tour itself has
no mountains points on offer, on this particular stage. – From there, the riders
head over the bridge, over the river Rhine. It’s actually the highest
point on the course, 36 metres above sea level, but I doubt it’s gonna break
their rhythm up too much. Once they’re over the bridge, they’ve got a nice little 270 degree corner to deal with. – Wait a minute. Not so fast, Tom. You can’t just gloss over this river. It’s helped to make Dusseldorf one of Germany’s most
important economic centres. Not only that, it’s also the capital of fashion here. That’s right. It’s earned itself the
nickname of The Little Paris, and then one last thing before you go. Dusseldorf is actually the sixth-highest ranked city in the world for quality of life. – Yeah. Thanks for that, Si, but it’s safe to say that at this point in the stage, no rider’s gonna be enjoying
themselves that much. Six kilometres in, just heading back over the bridge and back to the other part of the course. – Did you know, Tom, that Dusseldorf is famous
for, among other things, its table tennis team. Borussia Dusseldorf. – Thanks, Si. Really great facts there, but back to the cycling. – And, it’s got 300 kilometres of bike paths. – Back to the cycling, again. As we ride through the old
town in Dusseldorf here, we’re heading towards
the eight kilometre mark, where the riders will get their intermediate time check on today’s stage. What about the favourites? I’ve already mentioned Tony Martin, but other riders who
could be up there include Jonathan Castroviejo of Movistar Team, He’s a three-time Spanish
National Time Trial champion; Stefan Küng of BMC. What about Taylor Phinney, from Cannondale-Drapac
riding, would you believe in, his first ever Tour de France, and I think we should also
mention the Team Sky duo of Vasil Kiryienka and Michal Kwiatkowski. In my aero tuck there, I forgot to mention
another two favourites, so Primoz Roglic and Jos
Van Emden of Lotto NL Jumbo, who both had really impressive wins in time trials this year, so they’re also riders to watch. (energetic music) – Tom! Good effort, mate! I reckon that’s a pretty solid marker for Tour de France riders
to aim for, actually. Any idea what your time was? – Yeah, I think so. I averaged 25 kilometres an hour, I think so. – 25 K an hour? – Yeah, yeah. 33 minutes, 26 seconds. – Okay, well, presumably, a fair bit of that was spent
at traffic lights, right. – Yeah, fair chunk. We need to review the footage, but I think a lot of that, yeah. – Well, okay. Let’s round it down. 15 minutes? – Yeah. 15 minutes sounds fair, and especially when you consider that the fastest time-trial
in Tour de France history was Rohan Dennis in Utrecht in 2015. The course was very
similar to the one here. He averaged 55 kilometres an hour, and that gave him a time
of around 15 minutes, too. Spot on, I’d say. – Okay. Well, maybe we’ll just
add one or two seconds on. Either way, this is a super fast course, isn’t it? You’ve already talked about
the favourites for this stage, but what about the GCN favourites? How are they gonna get on? – Well, I actually don’t think that they’re going to
be too far up the field, because there are limited
time-trial kilometres in this year’s Tour de France, which, to me, means that it would make sense for them to have spent more time training their climbing prowess, rather than time trial chops. – Yeah, I agree, actually. If we go back to that 2015
time trial in Utrecht, the one that Rohan Dennis bossed, Contador, Froome, Porte, and Quintana all were grouped very close together, and they all conceded
around about a minute to the flying Rohan Dennis. The only thing I could see
that might be different this time around is that actually, Richie Porte has been
showing some supreme form in time trials as well as on climbs. So, actually, he’s definitely worth a little tip for the stage win as well. – Yeah, he could well be, but if an overall favourite
doesn’t win this stage, all is not lost, because if you think back to the 1998 Tour with Marco Pantani, in the prologue there, he was 181st out of 189 riders. He still went on to win the race. – Yeah, that was a crackin’ ride, but I’m not entirely sure
we’re gonna see anything quite like that ever again. – No, I doubt we’ll see it this year. This year, the Tour de France starts on Saturday, the first of July, right here in Dusseldorf. We’re gonna be here all week getting some more great content
for you to check out. – That’s right, so it would be a great idea, actually, if you don’t already, to subscribe to GCN, and that way, you’re not gonna miss any of it. It’s very simple. Just click on the globe. – And once you’ve done that, there’s a link on-screen
where you can visit our shop and get some limited-edition threads like Si is modelling right there. If you’d like to check out
our Tour de France playlist, which we’ll be updating
throughout the race, click right there, and see one of Si’s favourite ever Tour de France videos, Disc Brakes – The Chorizo Test. – Yeah, and Tom also will be wearing some GCN merchandise very soon as well, covering up those nipples, which we’ve all had enough of, I think we can agree. (laughs) – I’m sorry.

100 comments on “Tour de France Stage 1 Course Preview – Riding The Düsseldorf Time Trial

  1. Who do you think will win the opening stage of the 2017 Tour de France? Let us know in the comments below 👇

  2. Cool, now I believe everyone would like to see Tom doing the preview of the entire course of Stage 9 please.

  3. Whilst you're listing the cultural merits of Düsseldorf, how's about the cycling related fact that it is the home town of Kraftwerk, those cycling mad makers of machine music, of the TdF Soundtracks fame.

  4. according to German punk rock band Die Toten Hosen, they have the longest bar in the world in Duesseldorf…

  5. I think Kittel could surprise people and take a Top 5 to stay in touching distance for the yellow jersey on the next stages.
    Anyway, see you guys in Düsseldorf! 😉

  6. Marco pantani's was indeed an absolutely cracking ride- he was however taking an enormous number of drugs at the time too 😂

  7. So my rear derailleur cable broke. Do I need a whole new derailleur? Or can I just replace the cable. Also, I am upgrading from front friction shifters to indexed shifting. Do I need a new front derailleur? #torqueback

    EDIT: Found the answer after tinkering with my bike for the rear derailleur. A whole new one is not needed.

  8. The tour de france became so stupid… It starts in germany, goes in belgium and luxemburg… while the whole north west part of france is totally ignored… Mate thats no longer the tour de france, thats the tour of western europe

  9. That's the worst fitting skinsuit I think I've ever seen; Tom looks like a hippo that's just undergone major liposuction.

  10. Hey guys i understand you're already here in Düsseldorf! Will you be staying until 2nd Stage on sunday? Where you'll be around generally? For maybe i'd get the Chance of meeting you in Person!?

  11. I think it would be great to see a video with you guys at the Tour on all the different Warm Up protocols on what is entailed on how different pros Warm Up before different stages. Are there differences in Warm Up with Mt stages, time trials, flats etc…! Thanks guys! Keep up the awesome entertaining videos!

  12. Dusseldorf the capitol of fashion… not with Lasty in those shoes n socks. You guys need to give him a mirror.

  13. I honestly don't care too much about professional cycling stuff on your channel ..
    But I really love your videos for common roadbike cyclists.. You're giving me/us so much important information I would have not received without following this channel!
    Keep up that great job!
    Greetings from southern Germany

  14. At 2:55 we see Lasty ordering a beer. Düsseldorf is also called "die längste Theke der Welt" – or in English, "the longest bar in the world". Too bad they only drink Altbier, but it could be worse – they could be from Cologne.

  15. It's 2 am and I'm killing time so I don't miss my train in just a few hours time that will take me to Düsseldorf for the Grand Depart.

  16. "Opening of the Tour De France starts in Dusseldoft, Germany". Wait, I thought it was France, not Germany. It should be re-named to Tour De Many Countries.

  17. Given how short it is the TT guys might not take it, Ie. It's not just an FTP game.. GC guys should do well, but do they want to carry the jersey that early… Marcel Kittel.

  18. Bravo tom your getting good at this presenting gig brother. I remember when you first started, i could tell that you felt like a fish out of water lol

    Be yourself and it all goes smooth doesn't it 🙂

  19. Tom again with more pronunciation mistakes. Dan should teach him the correct way of saying Düsseldorf.

  20. I really wish Stage 1 will be a rainy Time Trial so we can get some surprises on whoevers getting the Yellow Jersey

  21. at 0:54 in the video Lasty passed the guy in suit on a city bike and I dont know how fast Lasty was riding but I would expect a bigger speed diference between them. The guyis in the suit on his way to work meeting and Lasty you have super aero skinsuit and timetrial bike 😀 Comon !!

  22. Please do not insult those of us who believe in cleanish cycling by giving examples of anything Pantani achieved as he was a mobile drug store. If he could compete with and beat the unmentionable Armstrong then by default he must have been cheating to the same degree.

  23. Sky will hope someone else takes yellow because that will be 6 days more of controlling peleton before Froome takes in La Flange De Bellfies.

  24. Nice Vid, but the most important piece of information is probably missing. It's most likely going to rain tomorrow. Sad, but interesting.

  25. #TourqueBack. I am currently injured and have not been riding for three weeks and it's looking like it's going to be another two . What are your tips to getting back on track when I'm back on the bike

  26. At 2:49 you can see something typical for car traffic in Düsseldorf. That bus came really close to Lasty…

  27. I could avoid traffic lights in my ride here 🙂 – Check out my activity on Strava:

  28. Hey Guys

    i wanted to add some subtitles to the Video in German but unfortunately it was not possible to do so because the video is not set to allow that.

  29. Forgets that the rhine has endured many military crossings such as your own soldiers on WW2, Julius Caesar's many cohorts against the Gauls and Belgaes.

  30. If I were a stockbroker I'd 'short' all GCN race predictions 😄….. it takes real skill to be consistently this wrong😉

  31. Guys, looks like you have some competition for eyes with Orla Chennaou hosting bus tours. I always looked forward to the segments but now….?!?!

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