Reigning Giro d'Italia champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) took 37 seconds on last year's Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana victor Chris Froome (Team Sky) on the 9.7 kilometre individual time trial as the first Grand Tour of the season began in Jerusalem.
Australia's Dennis, a specialist over short distances, had sat in the so-called hot seat as the man to beat for over two hours but none was hotter than Dutchman Dumoulin.
Froome was not the only rider to crash during the recon, Ben King, who is competing for Team Dimension Data said on Twitter that three riders, including Froome, had crashed on the course, ending his tweet with "ghost holes" to express his concern with the course. The British lost Dumoulin 37 seconds and completed the first stage only on the 21st place. He appeared to also have an abrasion on the right side of his body.
Fabio Sabatini (Quick-Step Floors) had the honour of starting the race but it was his young teammate Remi Cavanga who set the quickest time early in the day with a time of 12.37.
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Dumoulin said he could not have wished for a better start after making a statement on day one.
Of the big GC favourites, Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) ran well with a time of 12.35 while Yates suprised us all setting a very competitive time of 12.22.
Dennis then held his breath further as Froome and defending champion Dumoulin rolled off of the start ramp.