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Here is my Stage 1 notebook entry:
An exciting and amazing stage -- all under yellow umbrellas in the 100-degree weather. The eventual winner, Rohan Dennis of the BMC team, chose to start early and set a world record time that no one could beat. Some highlights: seeing the Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin race amid the roar of the crowd in Utrecht, cheering on Fabian Cancellara (didn't quite make it into 1st, but nice to see him back in action), and seeing the amazing architecture of this very modern city with beautiful bridges and old buildings mixed in with the new.