Tour de France: Van Aert 'too scared to sprint' at finish of wet opening stage

Wout van Aert follows Jumbo-Visma teammate Tony Martin on the opening stage of the 2020 Tour de France in Nice
Wout van Aert follows Jumbo-Visma teammate Tony Martin on the opening stage of the 2020 Tour de France in Nice (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Wout van Aert admitted that he was "too scared to sprint" on roads made slippery by rain at the finish of stage 1 of the Tour de France on Saturday. Despite crashing earlier on the stage, the Belgian said that he was just happy that he and Jumbo-Visma team leaders Primož Roglič and Tom Dumoulin had made it through the stage in one piece.

A large number of riders crashed during the opening stage – most either on the first descent of the Côte de Rimiez or in a crash three kilometres before the finish on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, where the stage was won by UAE Team Emirates' Alexander Kristoff. Philippe Gilbert fractured his kneecap and won't start stage 2 on Sunday, and neither will Lotto Soudal teammate John Degenkolb, who crashed and subsequently finished the stage outside the time limit. Bahrain McLaren's Rafael Valls is also out after fracturing his femur.

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