(AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) Rohan Dennis won the first stage of the Tour de France in record speed in the individual time trial on Saturday, while defending Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali gained some precious time on his main rivals.
Dennis powered along the 14-kilometer (8.6-mile) flat and windy urban circuit through cycling-mad Utrecht in 14 minutes, 56 seconds.
"I didn't expect to go that fast," the Australian rider said. "I was just thinking `16 minutes, 16 minutes' from what I did in training, and in the end I got a bonus."