10 tough questions on the Tour de France's opening stages

How familiar are you with day one of the Tour de France since 1980?

Photo: Graham Watson

Saturday July 4 sees the start of the 102nd Tour de France with the Grand Départ in Utrecht. This year's race starts with a 13.8km individual time trial to see who will wear the first yellow jersey.

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.

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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.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing as well as cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing and write longer features for print and online. He is not responsible for misspelled titles on box outs