Egan Bernal survives crash-marred Tour de France opener as Sivakov digs deep

Ineos Grenadiers’ Egan Bernal descends cautiously during stage 1 of the 2020 Tour de France
Ineos Grenadiers’ Egan Bernal descends cautiously during stage 1 of the 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Defending champion Egan Bernal managed to get through the wet opening stage of the Tour de France without crashing and in one piece on Saturday, while around him a number of other favourites – including Groupama-FDJ's Thibaut Pinot – and Bernal's Ineos Grenadiers teammate Pavel Sivakov hit the ground and were left nursing various abrasions and injuries.

In Bahrain McLaren rider Rafa Valls' case, a broken femur as a result of a crash on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice with just three kilometres to go has ended his Tour already, while Lotto Soudal's John Degenkolb is also out, having finished outside the time limit as a result of a crash.

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1