TdF stage 1: Kittel conquers as coach chaos causes carnage

Stage 1: Porto-Vecchio to Bastia, 212km

Marcel Kittel took his first career Tour victory ahead of Alexander Kristoff and 19-year-old Danny van Poppel as the Tour de France visited Corsica for the first time to open its 100th edition. But that doesn’t even begin to tell the tale of an opening stage which delivered as much drama as the whole of last year’s race, and whose result was shaped by an errant team bus.

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Friday Feature: A to Z of the Tour de France

A = Alpe d’Huez. The legendary Alpine climb with its 21 hairpin turns will be climbed twice in one day for the first time in Tour history this year. (It has appeared twice in the same Tour once before, in 1979.) It last appeared in 2011, when Europcar’s Pierre Rolland won the stage. Continue reading