The Team Jumbo Visna rider was not expected to be fighting for the win, but held off Slovenian Peter Sagan and Australian Caleb Ewan to take the stage by the narrowest of margins.
Jakob Fuglsang, who suffered a knee injury in a late crash on Saturday, kept his losses to 21 seconds against Ineos as he battled to help his Astana team, and it was the same deficit for Adam Yates and Mitchelton-Scott. He took solid turns at the front and led his teammates across the finish line close to the Atomium, the iconic Brussels monument built for the 1958 World Fair.
George Bennett has become the fourth New Zealander to be part of a stage win at the Tour de France, with his Jumbo-Visma team storming to a dominant victory in the team time trial this morning.
"We wanted to go 57, ' Thomas said. It was a positive day for sure".
The 106th Tour de France began with 176 riders, with the most notable absentee being four-time victor Chris Froome after the Team INEOS rider suffered multiple injuries in a major crash during the Criterium du Dauphine last month.
It was the fifth time the outfit now known as Team Ineos have finished in the top three of a team time trial at the Tour, but victory continues to elude them.
Thomas led the team in, flanked by Bernal, Moscon, Jonathan Castroviejo and Dylan van Baarle. Yates put time into Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), and Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team).
Bernal and Thomas were named co-leaders by team principal Dave Brailsford after four-times Tour champion Chris Froome was ruled out of the race following a crash at the Criterium du Dauphine last month. "Once we get to the first mountain stage and get it out to the way, then we can start to see the picture more". We heard we were the fastest ... "We invested in knowledge and in materials together with our partners for this season, we're glad that we were able to do a decent race today because of this", said sports director Dmitriy Fofonov.
The Kiwi's teammates were surprised by his strength throughout the race and ability to keep up despite not being a time trial specialist.
"Yesterday it was a dream come true, and it's the case today again", he said.
Jul 06 2019 11:40 pm CET Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) became the unexpected victor of the opening stage of the Tour de France.
On Monday, the third leg will take place from the southern Belgian town of Binche to France.