Tour de France to change things around, to start with short time trial in 2017

Paris: The 2017 Tour de France will start with a short time trial in the streets of Duesseldorf, offering German rider Tony Martin an opportunity to grab the yellow jersey in front of his home fans.

File Picture of the Tour De France. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

File Picture of the Tour De France. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Tour organizers unveiled details of the opening stage on Thursday after announcing in December that the Grand Depart would take place in Germany for the fourth time in the race's century-old history.

A three-time time trial world champion, Martin should thrive on the 13-kilometer urban course taking the riders down the banks of the Rhine river on 1 July, 2017.

The last time the three-week race started in Germany was in 1987.

The second stage of the race will start from Duesseldorf, with the stage finish to be revealed at the route presentation in October.

AP


Updated Date: Jan 14, 2016 16:36 PM

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