￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Saturday, July 7, 5:10 a.m – 10:00 a.m. ET
Tour organizer ASO likes to alternate the Tour start between a road stage or a time trial. Last year Geraint Thomas won the time trial in Düsseldorf. This year it’s the sprinters’ chance. That being said, stage 1 is not so straightforward. The route through the Marais Poitevin marshland in western France will be a test of nerves. If there’s a bit of wind, echelons will likely form beyond La Tranche-sur-Mer. The sprinters will want to stay close to the front of the peloton.
Check back after the race.