Tour de France

Stage 1) Brussel – Brussel

FR France, Saturday 06 July 2019
194.5 km

Tour de France opens with hectic stage

Tour de France opens with hectic stage

In the past six decades, the Tour de France visited Brussels on several occasions, but on Saturday it was the first time in 61 years that the race started from Belgium’s capital, where thousands of fans came to cheer the riders, but also Eddy Merckx, who conquered his first of five yellow jersey 50 years ago, at his very debut in the race.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step assumed responsibility at the front immediately as soon as a four-man group broke clear, keeping in control their gap and ensuring it won’t go over three minutes as the course took the bunch over the famed Muur-Kapelmuur and Bosberg. Tour de France debutant Kasper Asgreen and Dries Devenyns were on duty, swapping turns with other riders and chewing into the escapees’ advantage, before the race turned awry on a long cobblestone stretch, where Elia Viviani punctured.

A mad chase ensued, and in the end, after ten full gas kilometers, the Italian fast man rejoined the bunch, where his teammates rallied around him while continuing to keep an eye on the break. Not surprisingly, the nervousness took its toll on the pack – which was storming at over 60km/h – twice inside the last twenty kilometers, when two crashes impacted heavily on the outcome, the last of which leaving just a small group to contest the sprint.

Our team was prominent with the likes of Julian Alaphilippe, Yves Lampaert, Michael Mørkøv and Max Richeze, who worked hard to bring Elia Viviani into position, but due to the chaos, the 30-year-old Italian found himself at the back and then boxed in and couldn’t open his sprint on the uphill drag, where Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) emerged victorious.

Winner of six World Tour races this season, Elia finished ninth, and explained how things went in the finale: “I was on Max’s wheel with two kilometers to go, but on a chicane some riders got between us and I lost a few positions. I had to push in order to get back and that effort cost me in the end. Despite this, I could have done better if not for a contact with Ewan, due to which I lost a couple of places. I am sad, because the guys did again a perfect job and I couldn’t finish it off, but we will keep trying over the next days.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
4:22:47
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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3 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
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4 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Dimension Data
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5 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
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6 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
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7 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
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8 Oliver Naesen
AG2R La Mondiale
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9 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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10 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
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21 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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30 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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33 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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38 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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50 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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51 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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169 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
4:22:37
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
0:04
3 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
0:06
4 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Dimension Data
0:10
5 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
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6 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
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7 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
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8 Oliver Naesen
AG2R La Mondiale
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9 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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10 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
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21 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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30 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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33 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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38 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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50 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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51 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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174 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
50 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
50 pt
3 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
33 pt
4 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
27 pt
5 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
23 pt
6 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
21 pt
7 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
20 pt
8 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Dimension Data
18 pt
9 Oliver Naesen
AG2R La Mondiale
10 pt
10 Lukas Pöstlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
10 pt
12 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
4:22:43
2 Amund Grøndahl Jansen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:04
3 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
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4 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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5 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
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6 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain Merida
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7 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
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8 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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9 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
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10 Nils Politt
Team Katusha Alpecin
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1 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
2 pt
2 Xandro Meurisse
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
2 pt
1 Team Jumbo-Visma 13:08:21
2 Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team ,,
3 Deceuninck - Quick Step ,,
4 EF Education First ,,
5 Bahrain Merida ,,
6 Mitchelton-Scott ,,
7 Lotto Soudal ,,
8 BORA - hansgrohe ,,
9 Team Sunweb ,,
10 Team Dimension Data ,,

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