Tour de France: Chris Froome crashes and loses time on stage 1

For the first 180km of stage 1 of the Tour de France, one could be forgiven for dozing off, or worse still, contemplating changing channels and watching the World Cup. Yet in the blink of an eye, the Tour burst into life with a series of falls and hold-ups that could in the long term have enormous repercussions on the overall standings. Fernando Gavira claimed a maiden stage win and the yellow jersey, but the stage was overshadowed by the series of GC riders who conceded time.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.