STAGE 1: Düsseldorf, 14 km ITT
The first day of the Tour De France commencing at Düsseldorf entailed a 14km time trial run in the region. The days event was off to a late start owing to bad weather, and the time-trial eventually took place in the rain. This, however, led to several crashes during the 14-km time trial. The end of the day saw Geraint Thomas, from Team Sky, emerge victorious with an overall timing of 16:04, followed by Stefan Kung from team BMC at 16:05, and former world champion, Vasil Kiryienka, from team Sky at 16:07.
STAGE 2: Düsseldorf - Liège, 203.5 km
Day 2 of the race entailed the riders covering 203.5 km, from Düsseldorf in Germany to Liège in Belgium. Suffering serious injuries from a crash in the previous stage, riders Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Ion Izagirre (Bahrain Merida) could not ride this stage, and hence are out of the running. A crash with 29 km to go saw many riders of Team Sky go down, only to catch up with the peloton in the final stages of the day’s race. The end of the day saw Marcel Kittel (Quick Step Floors) claim his 10th Tour De France stage victory, being the first across the finish line in Liège. Arnaud Démare (FDJ) was second and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) third. Finishing safely in the peloton, Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas retained the race leader's yellow jersey, however a ten-second stage winner's time bonus moved Kittel to third overall and within the reach of the acclaimed yellow jersey.