Fernando Gaviria wins final sprint and takes Yellow in a chaotic stage at Tour de France
Jul 07 2018 03:41 pm CET

Fernando Gaviria wins final sprint and takes Yellow in a chaotic stage at Tour de France
Fernando Gaviria wins final sprint and takes Yellow in a chaotic stage at Tour de France
Tour de France

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) has won the first stage of the Tour de France and took the first Yellow Jersey of the race. The Colombian was the fastest at the finish sprint of a chaotic stage.

The first stage of the French grand tour was 201 kilometres long between Noirmoutier-en-I'lle and Fontenay-le-Comte over a flat route. The escape of the day was formed by three French riders: Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Jerome Cousin (Direct Energie) and Kevin Ledanois (Fortuneo-Samsic).

The trio took a lead of more than four minutes but the peloton refused to give them any further advantage. In the peloton, Lawson Craddock (EF Education First) crashed in the feed zone and suffered injuries to the face and the left part of his body, and showed to be in pain for the rest of the stage.

With 21 kilometres to go and as the peloton was only seconds away, Offredo and Cousin increased the pace and left Ledanois behind to be caught by the pack. At around 16 kilometres to go, Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) jumped from the peloton and got a small advantage, and was reeled back in by the pack just after the intermediate sprint in which he took one bonus second.

With 10 kilometres remaining, there was a crash in the peloton that split the group into two and left behind riders like Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ), who was one of the favourites for the stage victory. The front group caught the remaining escapees with eight kilometres to go and led by Quick-Step increased the pace.

At four kilometres from the end, Chris Froome (Team Sky) crashed but soon got back on his bike. Moments later, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) suffered a puncture.

Quick-Step Floors continued setting the pace of the peloton until the last metres and Fernando Gaviria managed to beat Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin).

Gaviria becomes the second Colombian in the history of the Tour de France to wear the Yellow Jersey. Richie Porte (BMC), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Froome arrived at the finish line some 50 seconds later, while Quintana lost more than two minutes.






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