Tour De France 2018: Fernando Gaviria Wins Sprint, Chris Froome Crashes | Bleacher Report

Tour De France 2018: Fernando Gaviria Wins Sprint, Chris Froome Crashes | Bleacher Report

Colombia's Fernando Gaviria celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the first stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Noirmoutier-en-l'ile and Fontenay-le Comte, western France, on July 7, 2018. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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Fernando Gaviria sprinted to victory on Saturday within the 2018 Tour de France‘s opening stage.

At the tip of the 201-kilometre journey to Fontenay-le-Comte, it was the Colombian who got here dwelling forward of Peter Sagan and Marcel Kittel in a touch to the road.

Team Sky’s Chris Froome, in the meantime, suffered a fall late within the stage and completed 48 seconds off the lead; his long-term rival Nairo Quintana was even additional again.

The 2018 race acquired underway from Noirmoutier-en-l’lle and can end in Paris in three weeks’ time. Froome is in search of to defend his title from 12 months in the past and develop into the fifth man to win this Grand Tour 5 instances.

                      

Stage Result

1. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)

2. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

three. Marcel Kittel (Katusha Alpecin)

                      

For the lead to full, go to the Tour website.

                 

Stage 1 Recap

The Team Sky Twitter account offered the profile for the stage, which was all the time going to swimsuit the sprinters:

As is always the case, the Grand Depart was full of excitement ahead of Day 1.

The event’s Twitter page posted the moment the 2018 Tour officially got underway, and three Frenchmen shot off in the breakaway to give the home fans reason to cheer:

Given there was just one Category 4 climb to negotiate, there was no urgency from the peloton to reel them in, with the pack settling in for what was poised to be a straightforward day of riding.

The breakaway riders’ advantage stabilised at around four minutes, but the main group slowly started to reel them in well before the halfway point to set the race up for a sprint finish.

Cycling writer Felix Lowe outlined how essential it’s within the race for the inexperienced jersey—awarded to the perfect sprinterto get a win on the board early on:

The breakaway group had been seemingly properly conscious that they had been going to be caught, and a few took the chance to take pleasure in themselves:

Just when a routine dash appeared on the playing cards, there was drama additional again; Froome was squeezed off the highway and was lucky he had a gentle touchdown. He was in a position to get again on his bike to cut back his losses.

As famous by the Inner Ring, Froome would’ve been relieved a few of his large rivals had been additionally off the entrance, together with Quintana, who picked up a puncture:

When the dash lastly arrived Tour debutant Gaviria was arrange fantastically by his team-mates. He had greater than sufficient to carry off Sagan and don the long-lasting yellow jersey on the finish of a dramatic first day.