Prologues and opening day time trials have been de rigeur for much of the last 35 years, which gave people with limited ambitions in the overall GC, such as Chris Boardman, the chance to wear the yellow jersey.
This year’s race sees the reintroduction of time bonuses, which means a sprinter who limits their losses on the prologue might yet capture yellow with victory on stage two. This marks a change to the last two years, where Marcel Kittel has sprinted to yellow.
Whatever happens, Kittel will not figure in the standings as he will not take the start of this year’s Tour.
This week’s cycling quiz looks back at the opening stage of the Tour de France; see how well you remember day one from the last 35 years.