Averaging 52 kph (32 mph), Thomas required little more than 16 minutes over the almost entirely flat 14-kilometer (8.7-mile) individual time trial up and down the banks of the Rhine River in downtown Duesseldorf. "I think Marcel is going to try to focus on the yellow jersey".
The victory will be extra sweet for Thomas, who was given the chance to lead Sky in the first grand tour of the year but saw his dream of winning the Giro d'Italia end in a freak crash caused by a police motorbike at the end of the first week. "There's still a long way to go", he said. But we can take a lot away from that as a team to have four guys in the top-10.
Evans had won stages and worn the famed yellow jersey several times before his 2011 success but Porte is yet to do either in six previous attempts.
Geraint Thomas snatched the overall lead after a skilful ride on the wet streets of Duesseldorf as Sky finished with four riders in the top eight, with defending champion Chris Froome gaining time on all his rivals.
"It hasn't rained here for months - like everywhere else in Europe", said former world champion Philippe Gilbert.
Porte took it steady after seeing his team-mate Nicolas Roche hit the deck earlier in the afternoon. "The state capital of Düsseldorf is well prepared and offers a great stage for the Tour de France".
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Until then, it is a battle to stay safe and limit any losses, starting with a time trial expected to be contested in wet conditions.
Froome, the last rider out, was 12 seconds slower than Thomas, but significantly quicker than all his main General Classification (GC) rivals - 35 seconds ahead of Australian Richie Porte, 36 seconds ahead of Quintana and 42 ahead of Spain's twice former winner Alberto Contador. "Millions of cars have used these roads".
Sky had no such problems, which was a welcome change after a difficult start to the year for cycling's powerhouse team. Utah received the pick when it traded Enes Kanter in a three-team deal in 2015.
The Bulls bought out Rondo for $3 million Friday rather than exercise a $13.4 million option for next season.
"What happened last year wasn't planned", he said.
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