• Jonathan Tiernan-Locke opted for a road bike on the technical 2.9-kilometre course in Houilles
  • Robert Gesink was all over the bike but set a time just six seconds back
  • Danny Pate was one of the fastest early runners
  • Ian Boswell was another rider making his debut at WorldTour level
  • Vasil Kiryienka will come into his own on the tough rolling terrain to come
  • Rui Costa is another rider expected to be strong over the next week
  • A longer course would have been more to Kanstantsin Siutsou's liking
  • Seventh on the stage, Tony Gallopin was one of five Frenchmen in the top 10
  • David Lopez set a strong time 11 seconds back
  • Sylvain Chavanel narrowly missed out on the win but ended the day second
  • Damien Gaudin flew through the stage to take the quickest time
  • Tejay Van Garderen is one of the pre-race favourites and was 11 seconds back on the Frenchman
  • Third on the stage puts Lieuwe Westra back in the mix for a second year in succession
  • Richie Porte was the last man down the ramp and was a solid nine seconds back
  • Gaudin was understandably overjoyed to move into a one-second race lead

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Jonathan Tiernan-Locke opted for a road bike on the technical 2.9-kilometre course in Houilles