Stage 1: Düsseldorf - Düsseldorf Update

Geraint Thomas won the rain soaked opening Time Trial convincingly, by 5 seconds over Stefan Küng. The Welsh star's Sky Team performed strongly with teammate Vasil Kiryienka taking third spot, and team leader Chris Froome only 12 seconds back in sixth spot.

The weather conditions had an immediate impact on the race with Spaniard Alejandro Valverde crashing and begin forced to withdraw with a suspected fractured patella.