Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe dusted himself off from a fall to claim the first yellow jersey of the Tour de France on Saturday, winning stage one by a clear margin on a crash-marred opening day. World champion Alaphilippe shot up the early section of the final 2 mile climb taking ten bonus seconds at the finish line and ended another 8 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger. When the time bonuses were calculated Australia’s Michael Matthews earned second overall at 12 seconds while Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic in third is 14 seconds down on the leader.
Crossing the line in his world champion’s rainbow jersey Alaphilippe put his thumb in his mouth in honor of his newborn son with his partner Marion Rousse, a former professional cyclist and now commentator.
Ineos Grenadiers leader Geraint Thomas and defending champion Tadej Pogacar were just behind this group on a hugely stressful finish with major time gaps at stake that almost certainly led to the second of two mass falls on the day.
Alaphilippe is no stranger to the yellow jersey having spent much of the 2019 Tour in the lead before finishing fifth overall.
TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE ONE RESULTS
|1||ALAPHILIPPE Julian||Deceuninck – Quick Step||4:39:05|
|2||MATTHEWS Michael||Team BikeExchange||0:08|
|3||ROGLIČ Primož||Team Jumbo-Visma||0:08|
|4||HAIG Jack||Bahrain – Victorious||0:08|
|5||KELDERMAN Wilco||BORA – hansgrohe||0:08|
|6||POGAČAR Tadej||UAE-Team Emirates||0:08|
|7||GAUDU David||Groupama – FDJ||0:08|
|8||HIGUITA Sergio||EF Education – Nippo||0:08|
|9||MOLLEMA Bauke||Trek – Segafredo||0:08|
|10||THOMAS Geraint||INEOS Grenadiers||0:08|
|1||ALAPHILIPPE Julian||Deceuninck – Quick Step||4:38:55|
|2||MATTHEWS Michael||Team BikeExchange||0:12|
|3||ROGLIČ Primož||Team Jumbo-Visma||0:14|
|4||HAIG Jack||Bahrain – Victorious||0:18|
|5||KELDERMAN Wilco||BORA – hansgrohe||0:18|
|6||POGAČAR Tadej||UAE-Team Emirates||0:18|
|7||GAUDU David||Groupama – FDJ||0:18|
|8||HIGUITA Sergio||EF Education – Nippo||0:18|
|9||MOLLEMA Bauke||Trek – Segafredo||0:18|
|10||THOMAS Geraint||INEOS Grenadiers||0:18|
RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini