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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.
1. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)
2. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
three. Marcel Kittel (Katusha Alpecin)
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Stage 1 Recap
The Team Sky Twitter account offered the profile for the stage, which was all the time going to swimsuit the sprinters:
Team Sky @TeamSky
#TDF2018 stage 1 profile:
🚲 201 km
🚩 10:00 UK
🏁 14:50 UK
⛰️ 1x Cat four
📺 Live on Eurosport/ITV4 (9.30am)
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:
Le Tour de France @LeTour
🚩 KM 0 🚩
@CousinJerom @OffredoYoann @KevinLedanois 🚴♂️🚴♂️🚴♂️💨
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 sprinter—to get a win on the board early on:
Felix Lowe @saddleblaze
Taking first blood is essential for the sprinters – it is all about momentum. #TDF2018
2012: Sagan wins – finally ends up with three
2013: Kittel (four)
2014: Kittel (four)
2015: Greipel (four)
2016: Cavendish (four)
2017: Kittel (5)
2018: ? (?)
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:
the Inner Ring @inrng
Richie Porte, Adam Yates, Chris Froome arrive about 50 seconds later. Quintana nonetheless chasing
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.