Tour de France 2019

July 6-28, Brussels, France, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Ostanek

Hello and welcome to our live coverage from the first stage of the 2019 Tour de France! The riders have 194.5km in front of them, with today's stage beginning and ending in Brussels, the capital of Belgium.

 

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  1. 11:59:30 CEST

    The 2019 Tour de France is about to get under way, with the race start proper coming in half an hour. The peloton will roll out of Brussels in a matter of minutes.

  2. 12:04:28 CEST

    Eddy Merckx is riding in the commissaire's car ahead of the peloton, waving at the fans as they roll around the streets of Brussels.

     

  3. 12:06:55 CEST

    Here's a shot of the peloton preparing to start the Tour.

     

     

  4. 12:08:43 CEST

    At the end of today's stage, an uphill sprint in Brussels, it looks certain that a sprinter will take the victory and race lead. Check out our preview of stage 1 here, and our preview podcast here.

     

  5. 12:11:52 CEST

    The stage proper is set to start at 12:25 local time, so another 14 minutes or so of riding through the neutralised zone.

     

  6. 12:17:02 CEST

    Along with the greatest of them all, there have been a number of other – more recent – cycling stars hanging around at the start in Brussels today. 

     

    Six-time stage winner and 2007 green jersey winner Tom Boonen was at the Deceuninck-QuickStep bus.

     

     

    2005 and 2009 green jersey winner and 10-time stage winner Thor Hushovd gets a cuddle with the Tour's lion mascot.

     

     

    2012 winner Bradley Wiggins, who now works as a pundit for Eurosport, strolling around the start.

     

     

  7. 12:17:34 CEST

    Greg Van Avermaet is up at the front of the peloton with five kilometres left of the neutralised section.

     

  8. 12:21:39 CEST

    3km to go until the Tour de France officially gets underway.

     

  9. 12:25:21 CEST

    There will no doubt be a fierce fight to get into the first break of the race. It's coming up in a matter of moments!

     

  10. 194.5km remaining from 194.5km

    12:26:39 CEST

    And we're off! Racing at the 2019 Tour is underway.

     

  11. 12:27:54 CEST

    Natnael Bernae (Cofidis) is among the men up front, leading the attacking with Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) and riders from Wanty-Groupe Gobert and Katusha-Alpecin.

     

  12. 12:28:45 CEST

    Van Avermaet is leading the charge here.

     

  13. 190.5km remaining from 194.5km

    12:31:43 CEST

    • Break

    It's Berhane, Van Avermaet, Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha-Alpecin), and they have a decent gap on the peloton very quickly.

     

  14. 12:33:57 CEST

    Greg Van Avermaet leads CCC Team at this Tour, with the men in orange lacking a GC leader. They do have a plan to get into the yellow jersey though, as outlined by GVA and team boss Jim Ochowicz on Friday. Read the full story here.

     

  15. 188km remaining from 194.5km

    12:34:29 CEST

    The break are 1:30 up the road now – the four men are established.

     

  16. 12:38:52 CEST

    Today's two climbs are the Muur de Grammont (better known as the Muur van Geraardsbergen) and the Bosberg. They are best-known for featuring in the finale of the old Tour de Flanders route.

     

    Berhane might be the strongest climber in the break, but with top Flandrien Van Avermaet knowing both the cobbles and the roads like the back of his hand, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him in polka dots this afternoon.

     

  17. 182km remaining from 194.5km

    12:40:37 CEST

    The break are still building their lead. It's up to 2:50 and rising.

     

  18. 12:42:38 CEST

    The riders are racing through Belgium, so it's not surprising to see Deceuninck-QuickStep and Lotto Soudal at the head of the peloton ahead of Team Ineos. 

     

    It helps that they have men for the finish today, with Elia Viviani and Caleb Ewan among the favourites to win the stage. Jumbo-Visma also have George Bennett up front – he's riding for their sprinter Dylan Groenewegen.

     

  19. 178km remaining from 194.5km

    12:47:37 CEST

    3:20 for the break now.

     

  20. 12:49:00 CEST

    Jumbo-Visma's Wout Van Aert is another home favourite. Here's the man himself with his mother at the stage start.

     

     

  21. 12:50:23 CEST

    "I don't have many personal ambitions on this Tour. First I want to support Dylan Groenewegen in the sprints and Steven Kruijswijk in the flat and transitional stages," said Van Aert a few days ago. Read the full story on the cross-discipline star's first Tour de France.

     

  22. 12:51:53 CEST

    Before the start of the stage, Van Avermaet said that he expected a lot of stress for the peloton on the Muur. Nice avoidance measure from him today, then.

     

  23. 12:55:05 CEST

    The break are 22km into the stage, so halfway to the Muur.

     

  24. 172km remaining from 194.5km

    12:57:25 CEST

    The gap to the peloton seems to have maxed out at 3:20 for now. It's all under the control of the sprinter's teams.

     

  25. 12:59:42 CEST

    It's 50 years since Eddy Merckx won his first Tour de France, if you're wondering about all the Merckx talk this weekend. The helicopter camera picks out a huge piece of art in a nearby field: 'Eddy'.

     

  26. 13:06:49 CEST

    30km into the stage now, and the break are three minutes up on the peloton.

     

  27. 13:08:35 CEST

    Here's what another home favourite, Oliver Naesen of AG2R La Mondiale, had to say before the start today.

     

    "I expect a lot from the Muur. It's going to be crazy with the crowds in that area. It's my climb – I've done it so many times. It's great to enjoy this. It's not always this much fun at the Tour."

  28. 13:09:29 CEST

    Laurens De Plus (Jumbo-Visma) greets his fan club at the side of the road. Dries Devenyns (Deceuninck-QuickStep) leads the peloton. It's a very Belgian day at the Tour de France.

     

  29. 13:13:10 CEST

    Eurosport have got Wiggins out on a motorbike conducting interviews on the road – a new wrinkle for race coverage here in Britain, even if it has been used on the continent before.

     

    He spoke to CCC Team DS Valerio Piva about Van Avermaet's breakaway.

     

    "We already discussed this move. We know the first climb is one that he likes and he said 'why not, I will try'. It will be something nice if he can take the jersey at the end of the day."

     

  30. 13:17:46 CEST

    The break is nearing Geraardsbergen now, and the first climb of the day. The Muur is packed with fans, unsurprisingly.

     

     

  31. 153km remaining from 194.5km

    13:21:32 CEST

    The break are two kilometres from the start of the climb now.

     

  32. 13:23:56 CEST

    The break reach Geraardsbergen and hit the Muur, the first climb of the Tour de France.

     

  33. 13:24:42 CEST

    Here are the details of the third-category climb.

     

     

  34. 13:25:13 CEST

    Berhane has a go on the easier cobbles towards the bottom of the climb, but he's reeled back in.

     

  35. 13:25:57 CEST

    Van Avermaet takes to the front as they hit the rougher cobbles. The hardest section is towards the top, of course.

     

  36. 13:26:41 CEST

    The Belgian is racing this like it's the middle of April! He and Meurisse drop Würtz Schmidt and Berhane.

     

  37. 13:27:39 CEST

    The two Belgians pass by the chapel, in between countless fans, and Van Avermaet is just too strong. He leads over the top.

     

    Over two minutes further down the road, the peloton hit the climb.

     

  38. 13:29:32 CEST

    Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) has a mechanical and changes his bike, reports Wiggins from the moto.

     

  39. 148km remaining from 194.5km

    13:29:56 CEST

    QuickStep lead the peloton over the top ahead of Ineos.

     

  40. 13:32:25 CEST

    The Belgian pair are still out front on the Bosberg. Würtz Schmidt and Berhane chase.

     

  41. 13:33:31 CEST

    Meurisse leads Van Avermaet over the top, and that's all the climbing for today done.

     

    Greg Van Avermaet is the first king of the mountains of the Tour de France!

     

  42. 13:34:50 CEST

    After all the excitement of the climbs, the peloton has closed to within 2:40 of the break.

     

  43. 13:38:23 CEST

    Meurisse was alone out front after his attack on the climb, but has been brought back by his breakmates now.

     

  44. 13:45:29 CEST

    In the first part of a series of articles about Tours de France past, EF Education First DS Charly Wegelius reminisces about the 1987 Tour de France and the battle between Stephen Roche and Pedro Delgado.

     

    "For me, cycling and watching that ’87 Tour was all about adventure. Cycling opened my eyes to a new world that was outlandish and exotic. I’d go into bookshops in York and look up the place names of where the Tour visited in Michelin maps."

     

    Charly Wegelius: I've got love for you if you were born in the 80s

     

     

  45. 13:46:15 CEST

    Van Avermaet has dropped back from the break, his mission accomplished today. Just three men out front now.

     

  46. 135km remaining from 194.5km

    13:49:15 CEST

    The same teams are controlling the peloton – QuickStep, Jumbo and Lotto. The gap is under two minutes now, with 60km of the stage already behind them.

     

  47. 13:56:23 CEST

    Talk on Eurosport turns to EF leader Rigoberto Urán. A nice little factoid courtesy of Rob Hatch is that the Colombian has the fewest race kilometres in his legs in the entire peloton. He has raced just 2988 kilometres in 2019, just 19 race days.

     

    By contrast, Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin) has 59 race days in his legs heading into the Tour.

     

    That might be why Urán looked so happy and well-rested this morning!

     

     

  48. 13:59:23 CEST

    After the intial fight to get into the break and the battle for the polka dot jersey, the race situation has calmed down.

     

    So what better time to catch up with our stage 1 preview podcast? We've got Kristoff, Viviani, Bernal, Moscon and more. Listen here. 

     

  49. 14:04:10 CEST

    With Van Avermaet in polka dots tomorrow, he becomes the first Belgian to lead the KOM classification since Thomas De Gendt and Jasper Stuyven in 2016.

     

    Belgians have won the competition 11 times over the year, though nobody has triumphed since Lucien Van Impe in 1983. Van Impe has six wins to his name, Eddy Merckx and Félicien Vervaecke won two apiece, while Sylvère Maes won it once.

     

  50. 121km remaining from 194.5km

    14:09:24 CEST

    The teams on the front of the peloton aren't letting the gap get back up at all. The three-man break are just 1:30 up the road.

     

  51. 14:11:13 CEST

    Berhane has a mechanical problem but gets a quick bike change from the Cofidis team car.

     

  52. 14:15:37 CEST

    Here's our latest piece of news from the Tour. It's about Gianni Moscon and his return to the race after being disqualified for throwing a punch at Élie Gesbert last year.

     

    The Italian was in no mood to discuss the incident though, batting back multiple questions from reporters. Read the full story here.

     

     

  53. 113km remaining from 194.5km

    14:20:11 CEST

    It's up to two minutes between the break and peloton now.

     

  54. 109km remaining from 194.5km

    14:25:28 CEST

    The riders have passed through the feed zone at RonquieÌ€res. 109km to race.

     

  55. 14:31:18 CEST

    And the peloton pass through a few minutes later, so maybe expect the gap to go up a little.

     

  56. 14:35:18 CEST

    The same trio of teams are still working at the front of the peloton for their sprinters – Deceuninck-QuickStep, Jumbo-Visma and Lotto Soudal.

     

    Jumbo's George Bennett has been working for Dylan Groenewegen today. Bennett spoke to Cyclingnews, talking through his role on the team and how they'll work during the Tour.

     

    "The first day I might even chasing some breakaway and working. Then I'll be looking after Steven. I'm basically moving spare parts. Wheels, bikes, whatever. I might have to chuck over and help Dylan chase breakaways if things get out of control. It's not really a case of me half riding a GC. It's really about me just doing my part."

     

    Analysing Jumbo-Visma's Tour de France team with George Bennett

     

     

  57. 97km remaining from 194.5km

    14:41:08 CEST

    The breakaway trio are working well together, though their advantage is only 2:15 with 97km to race.

     

  58. 14:45:12 CEST

    The break pass the 100km mark. Still over 3300km left to race until Paris.

     

  59. 14:51:05 CEST

    The gap to the break is down to 1:40 now. The sprinter's teams aren't going to take any chances at missing out on yellow here.

     

  60. 14:55:36 CEST

    The climbs might be out of the way, but these aren't flat roads to the finish. It's up and down all the way, though nothing too arduous.

     

  61. 85km remaining from 194.5km

    14:59:10 CEST

    QuickStep, Jumbo and Lotto are still controlling the peloton.

     

  62. 15:00:47 CEST

    The break hit a soft cobbled sector and Berhane drops back to the car for a bidon. There's a 'proper' cobbled sector coming up in a few kilometres.

     

  63. 15:03:59 CEST

    Stage 2 of the GIro Rosa has just finished. Stay tuned here for a full report and results from the race.

     

  64. 15:07:59 CEST

    A few GC teams take to the front of the peloton, bringin the gap down to 1:15. They're anticipating the cobbled sector. Bahrain-Merida, Astana, Movistar are all there.

     

  65. 74km remaining from 194.5km

    15:13:29 CEST

    The peloton hit the cobbles and Bora-Hansgrohe take it on at speed. They're all strung out in a line and just 30 seconds behind the break.

     

  66. 15:14:13 CEST

    Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) stops with a mechanical and gets a new bike.

     

  67. 15:16:35 CEST

    The peloton has really shattered over that cobbled sector. There's still 72km to race, so you'd imagine it all comes back together before the end though.

     

    Viviani is way off the back with Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) at the moment.

     

  68. 15:17:29 CEST

    Kristoff's teammate Dan Martin is off the back too.

     

  69. 71km remaining from 194.5km

    15:18:45 CEST

    It's already over for the breakaway after that surge from the peloton. Bora and CCC lead the peloton towards the intermediate sprint.

     

  70. 15:19:13 CEST

    One kilometre to the sprint.

     

  71. 15:21:17 CEST

    Sagan takes the intermediate sprint, and is now the provisional points classification leader!

     

    Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida), Greg Van Avermaet and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) trailed in behind.

     

  72. 15:22:23 CEST

    The chasing group is rather large, though the main peloton has knocked off the pace now. No worries for the chasers.

     

  73. 15:29:36 CEST

    Some news about Dimension Data on day one of the Tour and things aren't looking too rosy at the team. Head of performance Rolf Aldag and team manager Doug Ryder gave contradictory accounts of the non-selection of Mark Cavendish.

     

    "It's within my remit to select the team, which I did," said Aldag. "I wrote down eight names and Mark was included. And the team owner has the right to overrule me which he did and that was about it. And now we have eight athletes here who have done nothing wrong and deserve full support from everybody."

     

    Cyclingnews spoke to both men before the start of today's opening stage. Read the full story here.

     

  74. 15:38:08 CEST

    Enric Mas (Deceuninck-QuickStep) had a mechanical but is quickly back up and running. Not the best luck for the Belgian team so far.

     

  75. 55km remaining from 194.5km

    15:41:27 CEST

    Tour debutant Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis) has gone on the attack solo with 55km to go.

     

  76. 15:44:54 CEST

    Rossetto has a minute on the peloton. 

     

    It has been 11 years since his team last won a Tour de France stage, and while Rossetto probably won't break that duck today, the team are optimistic about their future under Cedric Vasseur. They've already had Natnael Berhane in the break today and have some useful riders at the race in Christophe Laporte and Jesus Herrada.

     

    Can Cofidis end their dreadful barren spell?

     

     

  77. 48km remaining from 194.5km

    15:49:54 CEST

    The riders are inside the final 50km of this opening stage now.

     

  78. 15:55:03 CEST

    Rossetto is eking out a bit more of a gap here. He's 1:45 up on the peloton now.

     

  79. 16:00:52 CEST

    EF Education First DS Charly Wegelius opens our new series of features, with personalities from the sport looking back at past Tours de France. He looks back at the 1987 edition.

     

    Charly Wegelius: I've got love for you if you were born in the 80s

  80. 36km remaining from 194.5km

    16:04:46 CEST

    It's an advantage of 1:35 for Rossetto now. Things look pretty calm out there as they race back towards Brussels.

     

  81. 16:08:50 CEST

    Back in March, Rossetto fractured his pelvis after hitting a cat while out training. He didn't race again until the Tour de Yorkshire in May, and last week took second at the French national TT championships. Now, the 32-year-old is out in the break at the first Tour de France. Quite a comeback.

     

  82. 16:13:58 CEST

    Rossetto reaches the final 30km.

     

  83. 16:18:36 CEST

    There's still time to listen to what Elia Viviani, Alexander Kristoff and more had to say ahead of today's stage. Listen to the Cyclingnews stage 1 preview podcast here.

     

  84. 16:22:37 CEST

    Rossetto is still soldiering on. His advantage is down to 1:10 now though. It's just a matter of when the peloton want to make the catch.

     

  85. 19km remaining from 194.5km

    16:27:15 CEST

    Under 20km to the finish now. It's still the same squads working at the front of the peloton for their sprinters.

     

  86. 16:28:24 CEST

    A few riders hit the deck at the side of the peloton. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) is caught up.

     

  87. 16:29:33 CEST

    A few Astana men drop back to help Fuglsang. Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) is back with them too.

     

  88. 16:31:26 CEST

    Fuglsang is bleeding from above the eyebrow. 

     

  89. 15km remaining from 194.5km

    16:32:14 CEST

    He has four men with him and they're around 40 seconds down the peloton. They're right at the back of the line of cars.

     

  90. 16:35:35 CEST

    Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Merida) has torn shorts. He went down in the crash too.

     

  91. 11km remaining from 194.5km

    16:36:30 CEST

    Rossetto is just 30 seconds up on the chasing peloton now.

     

  92. 16:39:07 CEST

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  93. 9km remaining from 194.5km

    16:39:26 CEST

    Rossetto is caught by the peloton. Sunweb and Bora are leading the way.

     

  94. 9km remaining from 194.5km

    16:39:28 CEST

    Rossetto is caught by the peloton. Sunweb and Bora are leading the way.

     

  95. 16:39:48 CEST

    Astana and Fuglsang are back in the peloton now.

     

  96. 16:41:18 CEST

    Our latest news piece as we await the finish of the stage. Luke Rowe talks Ineos team leader Geraint Thomas, and why the reigning champion is the Tour de France favourite.

     

    Luke Rowe: Geraint Thomas is still the Tour de France favourite

     

     

  97. 7km remaining from 194.5km

    16:42:27 CEST

    The peloton pass by the Berlaymont building, headquarters of the European Commission.

     

  98. 16:43:00 CEST

    Lotto, Ineos, Bora are all up front.

     

  99. 5km remaining from 194.5km

    16:44:03 CEST

    Five kilometres to go! Ineos are at the front protecting their GC men.

     

    Let's hope nobody hits the deck in this finale.

     

  100. 16:44:19 CEST

    The Bora and Sunweb trains are also up at the front.

     

  101. 3.5km remaining from 194.5km

    16:45:31 CEST

    Now Katusha-Alpecin are up there.

     

  102. 3km remaining from 194.5km

    16:46:31 CEST

    The peloton is strung out under the high pace set by Lotto and Katusha.

     

  103. 2km remaining from 194.5km

    16:47:32 CEST

    No incidents so far. just teams switching and changing position at the front of the peloton.

     

  104. 16:48:13 CEST

    Oh! A big crash in the middle of the peloton. Curse of the commentator.

     

    Groenewegen is down.

     

  105. 16:48:34 CEST

    QuickStep and Bora hit the front in the final kilometre.

     

  106. 16:48:44 CEST

    Morkov takes over from Oss.

     

  107. 16:48:57 CEST

    Viviani is a long way back.

     

  108. 16:49:10 CEST

    Matthews launched 300 metres out.

     

  109. 16:49:25 CEST

    Colbrelli and Sagan burst past!

     

  110. 16:49:51 CEST

    Sagan takes the victory! What a brutal sprint.

     

  111. 16:51:10 CEST

    On the replay it looks like Sagan just missed out. It was Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) who edge it! Wow.

     

  112. 16:51:53 CEST

    Caleb Ewan took third place behind Teunissen and Sagan.

     

  113. 16:52:19 CEST

    Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data) and Colbrelli rounded out the top five. Viviani was ninth.

     

  114. 16:54:31 CEST

    Mike Teunissen, a winner of Paris-Roubaix Espoirs back in 2014, takes the yellow jersey.

     

  115. 16:56:03 CEST

    Teunissen won the ZLM Tour late last month, so clearly he's in top form.

     

  116. 17:00:43 CEST

    Watching a replay of the crash in the final 2km, it looked like maybe 5 or 6 yellow Jumbo jerseys were held up. Big slice of luck for them that Teunissen avoided it.

     

  117. 17:08:39 CEST

    Stage result

     

    1 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 4:22:47
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
    3 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
    4 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data
    5 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
    6 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
    7 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
    8 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
    9 Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
    10 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo

     

    General classification after stage 1

     

    1 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 4:22:37
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
    3 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
    4 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data
    5 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
    6 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
    7 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
    8 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
    9 Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
    10 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo

     

  118. 17:13:23 CEST

    Here's Teunissen after the stage.

     

    "I cannot believe it. We were working for weeks, months to bring Dylan [Groenewegen] here to the win and yellow jersey, and then with 1.5km to go everything disappears because he goes down in a crash. Then I thought I'm still here, still fresh so we can try it. Then I saw everyone dying in the last metres – even sagan I was catching up on. I just took him on the line and like I said it's beyond imagining. It's unbelievable.


    "I couldn't clearly see if [Groenewegen] crashed or not so I just stayed in position and then I heard that he went down. Like I said, I felt good because we were in a good position. Then I thought I'll go for it. I still had Wout [Van Aert] with me, he also could do something, and it was just enough.


    "It was a really strange day because our big goal disappears at 1.5km. But I hope Dylan can still smile a little bit if I take this with me to the room.


    "I think it'll take me some days more to imagine it because you can dream about it – the possiblity to win a stage – but now it's working out pretty nice, I would say.


    "Tomorrow is again a big goal. Hopefully Dylan is ok and hopefully I can recover a bit and then we go full gas again to help Steven [Kruijswijk] to a good position. Another big target and let's go again."

     

  119. 17:21:07 CEST

    We have a brief report and results up here now. Stay tuned for the full version of both.

     

     

  120. 17:23:36 CEST

    Teunissen is the first Dutch rider to wear yellow since Erik Breukink in 1989.

     

  121. 17:32:30 CEST

    A few brief words from a disappointed Caleb Ewan after taking third today.

     

    "I think I should've been a little further up front in the last 500 metres when we started going up the hill. But I felt like I was coming quite quick and I felt like I had the legs to win, so I'm very disappointed that I couldn't get through in the end."

  122. 17:42:37 CEST

    Our full stage 1 report is up now.

     

  123. 18:02:01 CEST

    Some finish line quotes from the stage have come in. Check out what Mike Teunissen, Caleb Ewan and more had to say here.

     

     

  124. 18:39:36 CEST

    Tour de France: Geraint Thomas survives late scare after crash on stage 1

     

    "I'm fine. I was pretty slow by the time I hit them so just toppled over. It's all good. I gave myself enough space so avoided the actual crash. I was just at the barriers with nowhere to go, it's just one of those things," he said after the finish.

     

     

  125. 20:13:20 CEST

    The Jumbo-Visma team had high hopes of getting the win in a bunch sprint at the end of the opening stage of the Tour de France in Brussels, Belgium. The yellow jersey would be the magnificent bonus that came with such a victory. Nobody expected that rider to be Mike Teunissen, who beat Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the stage 1 sprint after his go-to teammate Dylan Groenewegen crashed in the closing kilometres.

     

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    Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma) wins stage 1 and takes the first yellow leader's jersey at the Tour de France

     

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