Dusseldorf time trial

PARIS: A 13km time trial around the streets of the German city of Dusseldorf will kick start the 2017 Tour de France, handing home rider Tony Martin the perfect chance for an early claim to the fabled yellow jersey. It will be the 22nd time that the “Grand Depart” takes place outside France and the fourth time it embarks from Germany. The last time the Tour kicked off in Germany, however, was from West Berlin way back in 1987. Germany has the greatest number of stage wins in the last three editions of the Tour de France, led by a golden generation of cyclists such as Martin, Andre Greipel, Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb.