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Summary

  1. Australia's Rohan Dennis wins in record time
  2. Martin second, Cancellara third
  3. GB's Cummings in 10th; Thomas 12th
  4. Stage One, Utrecht, Netherlands
  5. Click live coverage icon for BBC commentary

Live Reporting

By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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On to stage two

Utrecht - Zelande, 166km (103.14 miles)

Tour de France stage two profile
Tour de France

This is the Tour de France folks, no time to dwell on today, we're already thinking about tomorrow.

In classic Dutch style, stage two is as flat as a steamrollered pancake. But it's along the coast and could be literally blown all over the place.

I'll leave you with Geraint Thomas's assessment of day two, and you can read his

full breakdown of the route here. Join us again tomorrow for more coverage.

"This will probably be the most stressful day of the whole year's racing. It's along the coast and if there are a lot of crosswinds, that could split the race into groups. The teams with riders aiming for the yellow jersey will be trying to keep their guys at the front of the peloton so they don't lose time."

'It's a dream'

Rohan Dennis has been speaking on ITV4: "Everything went perfect. We went with the tactic of going out early and setting a benchmark and making everyone chase me. There's a bit of shock. To wear the Tour de France yellow jersey - it's a dream. I always wanted to be in this position and now I am."

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"It's been an incredible stage today. All the talk should be about Rohan Dennis. Five seconds ahead of Tony Martin? It's fantastic. Aside from that it's about the GC riders and they are all there or there abouts within a few seconds of each other."

Race for yellow

What about the GC chasers?

It's nice and tight. Just 20 seconds separate the five men expected to challenge for the yellow jersey.

Pinot - 15mins 37secs

Nibali - 15 mins 39secs

Froome - 15mins 46secs

Contador - 15mins 54secs

Quintana - 15mins 57secs

Result after stage one

Yellow Jersey

Classification

1. Dennis - 14mins 56secs

2. Martin - +5secs

3. Cancellara - +6secs

4. Dumoulin - +8secs

5. Van Emden - +15secs

Rohan Dennis wins first stage

Yellow Jersey

Dennis
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Vincenzo Nibali is the last man over the line, but the 2014 Tour de France winner is not threatening Rohan Dennis's big moment in the Utrecht sun.

Nibali crosses in 15mins and 39secs - we'll get on to how that affects the GC in a moment.

But for now, just linger on Dennis's achievement. It was the fastest ever time trial at a Tour de France and five seconds quicker than Tony Martin. Castroviejo, in sixth, was a whopping 23 seconds back - nowhere near.

Dennis delight

Not all the riders are in yet, but it's just dawned on Rohan Dennis that there is nobody left out there who can beat him.

A lady, who I can only assume is Mrs Dennis, is in floods of tears as she grasps him tightly. It's an emotional scene.

The Australian possesses the yellow jersey.

Froome finishes

Alberto Contador with possibly the biggest grimace of the day. The pain is obvious. He's over in 15mins 54secs.

And now Chris Froome crosses, anguish written all over his face. It's 15mins 46secs for the Brit, which puts him eight seconds up on Contador and 13 seconds behind Pinot, who is the big winner today.

Race for yellow jersey

Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali will have GC rivals Thibaut Pinot and Nairo Quintana in their thoughts.

Pinot recorded 15mins 37secs, with Quintana 20 seconds further back. Who will lay down an early marker?

'Very, very disappointed'

Tony Martin
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Tony Martin, in second, has spoken to French TV.

"I'm very, very disappointed. I wanted to win. Any other result is a bad one. I feel that I couldn't handle the heat, especially in the second half where I felt weaker. It was hot but that's the Tour de France, it's in July and this time trial wasn't long enough for me."

Cancellara third

It's a trademark gritty effort from Fabian Cancellara, but it's just short. The Swiss is seven seconds off Dennis and is in third. Cancellara is sat on a kerb with way too many people trying to gather around him - give the man space!

Meanwhile, the reigning champion Vincenzo Nibali has got his title defence under way.

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Top five

After 174 riders have finished

1. Dennis - 14mins 56secs

2. Martin - +5secs

3. Dumoulin - +8secs

4. Van Emden - +15secs

5. Castroviejo - +23secs

Contador and Froome start

Alberto Contador, chasing a rare Giro and Tour double, is away. You can't miss him, that yellow Tinkoff-Saxo jersey can be seen from Jupiter.

And one minute behind him is Chris Froome. The Briton is under way.

A couple of decent times for Brits in the bank. Geraint Thomas, the Commonwealth champion, is 11th, a place ahead of Alex Dowsett.

But big shout out to Stephen Cummings, who gone ninth in 15 minutes and 28 seconds, 32 seconds off the top.

Peter Sagan, a rival to Mark Cavendish for the green sprint jersey, is done for the day. It's not a bad effort to be fair. The Slovakian, who took the green jersey last year, is done in 15mins 37secs and is 18th.

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Martin
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Don't forget you can listen to the stage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. The team have a pretty good view, and have sent us this snap of Tony Martin heading for the line.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"I feel Cancellara is just past his best. I think even he would say that. But he will go out there today and give everything he has got."

Spartacus!

Off you go Spartacus. Fabian Cancellara is ready for battle. What has the 34-year-old Swiss and eight-time Tour stage winner got in the tank?

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Martin goes second

It seems that Rohan Dennis can't be beaten. Tony Martin crosses the line and is five seconds slower than the Australian.

Dennis puffs out his cheeks in relief. He knew the German was probably the biggest threat to him owning the yellow jersey tonight.

Martin three seconds off

Tony Martin passed the 7.1km mark three seconds off Rohan Dennis's time at the same time. We've learned that Dennis put on the turbo chargers from this point though.

After a bit of controversy earlier, Lars Boom is off the ramp and on the road. Meanwhile, Germany's Tony Martin is looking strong, but strong enough?

Matt Slater

BBC Sport at the Tour de France

"'Bicycles change lives' is the MTN-Qhubeka motto and Ryder says that can certainly be the case for the coming generation of East African riders, which will be a great story for a sport that is still very European.

"Ryder's challenge is to keep the show on the road but his South African sponsors seem to be delighted with the exposure they are getting, even if the 14 rands to the euro exchange rate does not help them."

Matt Slater

BBC Sport at the Tour de France

"Whilst we wait to see what the later starters can do with that helpful tailwind over the back half of the course, let me tell you about one of the most popular teams in the car park today: new boys MTN-Qhubeka.

"The South African-based and financed outfit has been on quite a journey to get here but team principal Doug Ryder was happy enough to share the tale with the dozens of journalists and well-wishers who ventured over to his corner of tarmac.

"Much has been made of the potential physiological advantages that the team's East African riders might have - the Eritrean home of Daniel Teklaimanot and Merhawi Kudus is more than 2,000m above sea level - but Ryder believes it is their will-to-win that could make the difference as soon as they get to grips with the argy-bargy and tactics of pro racing."

Dowsett seventh

Britain's Alex Dowsett has drifted a bit in the final few kilometres. The Tour de France debutant, racing for Movistar, prefers the longer time trials, and his time of 15mins 32secs is 36 seconds off Dennis and puts him seventh. He's top of the Brits though.

Dennis retains lead

Hmm. Maybe not that close. Dumoulin comes in eight seconds behind Rohan Dennis's leading time and goes into second. So no Dutch yellow jersey wearer as it stands.

Who has two thumbs, a big smile and is still in the lead? Rohan Dennis. The Aussie is shown on screen looking pretty happy with that result. Sure his time cannot be beaten?

Tom Dumoulin, with the whole of Utrecht manically screaming him on, has his head down. A slight incline in the final kilometre. This is going to be close...

Dowsett in contention

And what about Alex Dowsett? He flies through the 7.1km mark just four seconds off Dennis's time at the same stage. What can he do in the final stretch?

Dumoulin one second behind

Now, how's Dumoulin at the 7.1km time check?

He's one second slower than Rohan Dennis was at the same distance, so he's bang in this. Although Dennis's second half of the 13.8km was lightning quick, so it's all to play for.

German Tony Martin, a three-time world time trial champion, is up in about 15 minutes. He's been sparked into action by Rohan Dennis's effort and has apparently increased the size of his gear wheel - I hear it's as big as a space hopper.

The big names keep coming. GB's Alex Dowsett is flying into the stage. At least I assume he is. The Dutch broadcaster is understandably predisposed with Dumoulin, and I think he's all we'll see for the next 10 minutes or so.

Here we go, things are getting serious, serious, serious. Dutch boy Tom Dumoulin is off the ramp and on the tarmac, legs pumping.

He's nippy in a time trial and has home support. He takes the corners a few inches away from the barriers, behind which there are thousands of locals going bananas. Wonderful scenes.

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. @MarkCavendish sharing a moment with Delilah and @petatodd on our @QuickStepFloor before the TT! #TDF2015

. @MarkCavendish sharing a moment with Delilah and @petatodd on our @QuickStepFloor before the TT! #TDF2015

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The Manxman finished in 16 minutes and 22 seconds earlier this afternoon. Well, he was never going to challenge the big guns today was he?

Utrecht
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There really could be many worse places to be today than in Utrecht. Blazing sunshine, waving, cheering fans, top-notch time trialing. It's not bad at all.

Top five

After 124 finishers

1. Dennis - 14mins 56secs

2. Van Emden - +15secs

3. Castroviejo - +23secs

4. Kelderman - +30secs

5. Gesink - +33secs

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They call me mellow yellow

Tinkoff
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There's a bit of chat about the Tinkoff - Saxo kit. Fluroscent yellow is an excellent colour for road safety, although visibility is pretty good in Utrecht at the moment, so there's little risk of a Vauxhall Corsa pulling out on you on a roundabout.

Anyway. The consensus is it's a bit naff. What do you think?

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"The GC riders cannot afford to back off and have to go full gas. Froome is a strong time trialist, certainly one of the strongest among the GC guys."

Pinot on point

Pinot
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He's not a noted time trialist, but this is a tidy shift from FDJ's Thibaut Pinot.

The Frenchman is round in 15 minutes and 37 seconds, which is 41 seconds off the lead, but more importantly, it's 20 seconds quicker than potential GC rival Nairo Quintara.