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The Latest: Tour de France starting with short time trial

The Latest: Sizzling temperatures for start of Tour de France in the Netherlands

The Latest: Tour de France starting with short time trial

UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) -- The Latest from the first stage of the Tour de France (all times local):

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1:00 p.m.

The 102nd edition of the Tour de France is upon us, with cycling's biggest race starting abroad for the 21st time, in the Dutch city of Utrecht.

The opening stage, a 13.8-kilometer (8.6-mile) time trial, is contested on a mainly flat urban circuit featuring many curves. The route is too long to be called a prologue but too short to create big gaps at the finish.

It's sunny and hot in Utrecht at the moment, with temperatures expected to reach 34 degrees Celsius (93 Fahrenheit) in the afternoon.

Fans' favorite Tom Dumoulin will start his bid to upset time trial specialists Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara at 4:25 p.m. Eritrean time trial champion Daniel Teklehaimanot will be the first on the starting ramp at 2 p.m.


Updated : 2021-09-18 04:36 GMT+08:00