Summary: Tour de France 2019 – Stage 1

Forget individual time trial on the opening day of a Grand Tour! This is how a first stage should happen!

It was a bit strange, but a good idea after all putting the Mur de Grammont (Muur van Geraardbergen) within the first 50 km. Seeing pictures on the ascent with riders never attending Ronde van Vlaanderen (or other Flandrian cobbled classics) before, and never will, makes feel a very special Big Start/Grand Depart.

Nevertheless, the King of the Muur was a Spring Classic specialist today: Greg van Avermaet (CCC). Taking the Category 3 climb means Van Avermaet gained the polka dot jersey and will wear it for at least 2 stages (the TTT Sunday and a normal stage Monday).

BORA-hansgrohe made clear for everyone on the very first stage, that they are here for Peter Sagan’s record breaking 7th green jersey. The Slovakian riders won the first intermediate sprint of the race, earned 20 points and later in the finish another 30 ones. But he will wear the jersey not on his own right (at least not yet), stage winner Mike Teunissen (the new yellow jersey holder) has same amount of points after the first stage.

There were a breakaway trio in the first half of the stage (originally a breakaway quartet, but after the Mur de Grammont Van Avermaet dropped back to the peloton deliberately): Natnael Berhane (Cofidis), Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha), Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) They were caught when BORA started to set a highter tempo before the intermediate sprint.

Because several riders had to stop due to mechanical issues and the peloton split, there were a little confusion among the riders, and that was the moment when Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis) escaped. He managed to get into the final 10 km in solo, but was caught by the main bunch at 9 km to go.

Inside the last 10 km there were two important crashes, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) was involved in the first one and had to chase the pleoton along with his teamate. The second one looked more seriously and put an end to Dylan Groenewegens (Jumbo-Visma) dreams of the stage win and the yellow jersey.

At the end his teammate, Mike Teunissen won the stage before Peter Sagan and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) who is the first wearer of the white jersey this year.

Results of the day:

Tour de France 2019 – Stage 1 Results

 

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