It was the first stage of the 2020 Tour de France in sunny Nice. Except it wasn’t sunny – heavy rain turned the roads as slippery as ice and riders went down left, right and centre. A rider-led neutralisation of the final descent was the calm before a scrappy sprint finish, won in storming style by UAE Emirates’ Alexandre Kristoff, putting him in yellow for the first time in his career. But that was almost the least surprising thing about the stage.
The Tour de France starts on Saturday, which means the teams are getting their final startlists worked out. Plus, there were a ton of #BatChamp races over the weekend and a flurry of transfer news. That and much more in your pre-Tour TWEETS OF THE WEEK
The racing has started Down Under, we have full-fan Bernie tweets, we look at no booze rules, we answer the question ‘Who’s Afraid of MvdP?’, we have some racers talkin’ big and bad about the Tour already, and much much more.