How many times has the Tour started with an individual time trial? Not as many as you might think.
The first time trial was between La Roche-sur-Yon and Nantes (80 km) in 1934. The prologue is before the first stage, to decide who wears yellow on the opening day. The first prologue was in 1967. The 1988 event, at La Baule, was called “la préface” but basically the prologue.There are usually two or three time trials in each Tour. The final time trial has sometimes been the final stage, more recently often the penultimate stage. The launch ramp, a sloping start pad for riders, was first used in 1965, at Cologne. But a Stage 1 start as an individual time trial has only happened five times!
2017 is one of those rare years. I’m not entirely sure but it’s my opening fact for celebrating the Tour de France. Since we started this website we’ve celebrated it in some way. This year it’s all about the facts. We hope you enjoy.