Kristoff wins Tour de France first stage as Pinot crashes
Kristoff wins Tour de France first stage as Pinot crashes
Neither Chris Froome right or Geraint Thomas left will start this year’s Tour
30 August, 2020, 11:08
Luke Rowe (INEOS Grenadiers) lamented the conditions that led to a lot of crashes during Stage 1 of the Tour de France, but didn't lay the blame at the feet of organisers or riders, with the exception of the Astana squad.
The crash near the finish also saw Pinot - the great local hope for the overall win who was forced to withdraw from the Tour previous year within touching distance of Paris due to a leg injury - go down hard, cutting a dejected figure in the middle of the road in his lacerated jersey.
The legendary Tour de France began Saturday, two months later than usual, and a day after France recorded its sharpest single-day coronavirus caseload since late March.
Amador and Sivakov, who were included on the Ineos roster with the mission to support Bernal in the big mountain stages scheduled later in the race, even fell off twice like Bennett.
While he will be credited with the same time as the victor because the crash occurred within three kilometres of the finish, Pinot was left disgruntled by his opening mishap.
"It's a first miracle that we are able to start this race, but we want a second miracle to happen, which is the Tour de France to arrive in Paris", UCI president David Lappartient said.
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"I feel a little bit of pain in the back to be honest", Bernal said.
In years gone by, my aggressive mentality meant that I've tried to focus on both the overall classification and stages, hung on too long on some days and ended up burning my candle at both ends.
Meanwhile, luckless fan favourite Pinot was involved in the last of many falls as the peloton swept along the rain-sodden seafront walkway.
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In the end, it was UAE Team Emirates rider Alexander Kristoff who claimed stage honours, with the Norwegian racing away in a sprint finish.
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