Many speculated that today’s flat-ish start and tough-ish stage at the Tour de France invited a breakaway, and given tomorrow’s stage to La Planche des Belles Filles, the peloton might take it easy and give them their head. But no, today’s technical finish favoured the puncheurs as it went up and over two climbs en route to the finish in Colmar, one of the prettiest towns in France. In the final kilometres, Mitchelton-Scott set the pace for European champion Matteo Trentin, who opened his sprint only to fade as perfectly placed Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) pounced, going wide to power past all his rivals and open his account at this year’s Tour. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) took second, underlining his sprinting credentials, with Trentin rounding out the podium. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) finished 10th and retains the magnificent golden fleece for another day.
There’s nothing like a grand tour to bring the tweeters out in force. And the Tour *really* brings them out. So it’s a bumper crop of tweets from the weekend in Brussels! We have Jumbo Bees, LouLou in yellow, Bora livin’ large, Fuglsang medical report, The Curious Case of Mark Cavendish, GVA with the pox, French corner and much much more. It’s a GIGANTIC edition of TOUR TWEETS OF THE WEEEEEEEEEEK
It’s not every year that the Tour de France begins with a sprint stage and a chance for the fast men to claim the yellow jersey — though it does seem to be a frequent occurrence in recent editions. The 106th edition of the World’s Greatest Bike Race™ brought that chance, however, as the 176-man peloton wove their way through the streets of Brussels. Continue reading