2017 Tour de France will start with time trial in Düsseldorf

German city will host the opening stages of the 2017 Tour de France, kicking off with a 13-kilometre individual time trial

Tony Martin time trial by Watson

A 13-kilometre individual time trial on the banks of the Rhine in German city Düsseldorf will start the 2017 Tour de France on July 1. The news follows Düsseldorf's successful bid to host the opening stages of the French grand tour last month.

Organiser Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) confirmed the opening stages of the 2017 Tour on Thursday morning at a press conference in Paris. Another press conference will take place in Düsseldorf itself later today.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.