Alexander Kristoff wins crashed-marred first stage at Tour de France and takes Yellow Jersey
Aug 30 2020 12:13 am CET

Alexander Kristoff wins crashed-marred first stage at Tour de France and takes Yellow Jersey
Alexander Kristoff wins crashed-marred first stage at Tour de France and takes Yellow Jersey
Photo of Alexander Kristoff © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) has taken the victory of the first stage at the Tour de France on a day marred with crashes caused by the rain.

The opening stage of the 2020 edition of the French grand tour was 156 kilometres long with a start and finish in Nice. The breakaway of the day was formed right after the real start of the stage and included Michael Schär (CCC Team), Fabien Grellier (Total Direct Energie), and Cyril Gautier (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept).

The rain started falling at the second half of the stage and there were many crashes or riders like Pavel Sivakov, Andrey Amador (Ineos), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), among others. The Russian of Ineos seemed to be the most affected as he hit the deck twice.

With around 98 kilometres to go, the peloton got together and Jumbo-Visma took the lead and controlled the pace considering the dangerous situations the water was causing. But with 50 kilometres to go, Astana chose to speed things up on a descent and soon after Miguel Angel Lopez lost control of the bike and crashed against a traffic sign.

At around 25 kilometres to go, Jumbo-Visma's George Bennett also crashed but too returned to his bike. Five kilometres later, Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) launched an attack and created a gap with the rest of the pack but was reeled back in a couple of kilometres later.

With three kilometres to go, there was a crash that involved riders like Thibaut Pinot, Marc Hirschi and Remi Cavagna. The final sprint was fast and clean and UAE Team Emirates' Alexander Kristoff launched a very strong attack in the last metres that nobody could follow, World Champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) and Cees Bol (Sunweb) completed the top five of the day.






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