Tour de France: Miguel Ángel López crash 'could have been much worse'

NICE FRANCE AUGUST 29 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno of Colombia and Astana Pro Team Crash Mechanic during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 1 a 156km stage from Nice Moyen Pays to Nice TDF2020 LeTour on August 29 2020 in Nice France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) was involved in the crash just 3 kilometres from the finish in Nice (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Tom Dumoulin and Luke Rowe were among the riders to criticise Astana after the finish of stage 1 of the Tour de France, but the Kazakhstani team insisted afterwards that it had all been a misunderstanding.

Heavy rain, a sinuous route and copious road markings made for a treacherous opening to the 2020 Tour and, led by Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma), the peloton effectively elected to neutralise the race of its own volition with a shade over 50 kilometres remaining.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.