The 104th Tour de France commences tomorrow in the Germany city of Düsseldorf. The first of 21 stages will be one of only two individual time trials appearing in this year’s edition of the race. Stage 1’s ITT is the shorter of the pair at just 14kms long.
The relatively flat out-and-back route from the Dusseldorf exhibition center features two small hills prior to the time check at 8.1ims. Despite the lack of climbs, however, the course still features several technical corners that will require riders to find a balance between skill and speed.
Of the riders to watch, Tony Martin seems to be the hands-down favorite, but with the first yellow jersey of the race at stake, any number of time trialists may sense victory.