2019 Tour de France Week One Recap

Photos from the first seven stages

After an eventful first week on the we take a look back at each stage so far:

Tour de France 2019 – 106th Edition – 1st stage Brussels – Brussels 192 km – 06/07/2019 – Mike Teunissen (NED – Team Jumbo – Visma) – Peter Sagan (SVK – Bora – Hansgrohe) – Caleb Ewan (AUS – Lotto Soudal)

Stage one: Brussels – Brussels

Out of nowhere the Netherlands’ Mike Teunissen emerged from a late crash in
the jaunt around Belgium to take the stage win and the yellow jersey that he
said was “mine forever and no one can ever take off me”.

Tour de France 2019 – 106th Edition – 2nd Stage Brussels – Brussels 28 km – 07/07/2019 – Team Jumbo – Visma 

Stage two: Brussels – Brussels (team time-trial)

Reigning champion Geraint Thomas’ Ineos went out first and set a blistering pace, but were denied at the death as the team of the Tour so far, Jumbo-Visma, won by more than a  20 second margin after coming down the ramp last.

Tour de France 2019 – 106th Edition – 3rd stage Binche – Epernay 214 km – 08/07/2019 – Julian Alaphilippe (FRA – Deceuninck – Quick Step)

Stage three: Binche – Epernay

Former soldier Julian Alaphilippe cried as the host country cracked open the bubbly when he became the first Frenchman to take the yellow jersey in five years, roaring through the champagne vineyards with a gun-slinging 15 kilometer ‘break for the border’ dash.

Tour De France 2019 – 106th Edition – 4th stage Reims – Nancy 215 km – 09/07/2019 – Elia Viviani (ITA – Deceuninck – Quick Step) – Julian Alaphilippe (FRA – Deceuninck – Quick Step)

Stage four: Reims – Nancy

“I’ve done it at last,” said Elia Viviani after his win at 70 kph completed a Grand Tour hat-trick to add to his Giro and Vuelta stage victories. But the spotlight was firmly fixed on Frenchman Alaphilippe in the leader’s livery as his name was shouted by spectators from start to finish.

Tour De France 2019 – 106th Edition stage 5 – Peter Sagan (SVK – Bora – Hansgrohe)   

Stage five: Saint-Die-Des-Vosges to Colmar

While Alaphilippe was cheered throughout for a second straight day, Slovakia’s Peter Sagan won his 12th Tour de France stage, reserving enough strength over the hills of Alsace to storm a reduced bunch sprint.

Tour de France 2019 – 106th Edition – 6th stage Mulhouse – La Planche des Belles Filles 157 km- 11/07/2019 – Giulio Ciccone (ITA – Trek – Segafredo) – Dylan Teuns (BEL – Bahrain Merida)

Stage six: Mulhouse – La Planche des Belles Filles

Welshman Thomas defied his doubters by putting time into all of his key rivals for the overall title as Belgian Dylan Teuns won atop La Planche des Belles Filles and his breakaway partner, Italian Giulio Ciccone, snatched the yellow jersey on the iconic mountain stage.

Tour De France 2019 – 106th Edition – 7th stage – Dylan Groenewegen (NED – Team Jumbo – Visma) – Peter Sagan (SVK – Bora – Hansgrohe) – Sonny Colbrelli (ITA – Bahrain Merida)

Stage seven: Belfort – Chalon-sur-Saone

Dutch speed king Dylan Groenewegen came out on top to win a tight bunch sprint and make up for his disappointment on stage 1 in Brussels, where he had been well-placed to win but instead fell and watched the finale while sat on the tarmac shouting in anger.

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