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Teunissen pips Sagan in Tour de France opener as Thomas crashes

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Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) claimed the first yellow jersey of this year’s Tour de France with a sprint victory in Saturday’s opening stage, which was marked by defending champion Geraint Thomas’ crash in the finale.

Another top contender, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), also hit the tarmac about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the finish.

Teunissen edged Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) on the finish line in Brussels.

Thomas’ team said he fell in the final meters of the stage but ”feels fine.”

Fuglsang, who is rated among the favorites this year, got back on his bike with blood on his face and right knee, and scratches on his jersey. The Astana team leader managed to reach the finish without losing time.

The race started from the Belgian capital to honor the 50th anniversary of cycling great Eddy Merckx’s first of five Tour victories. The 194.5-kilometer (120.8-mile) trek took the peloton through the Flanders and Wallonia regions and back to Brussels, which will also host Sunday’s team time trial.

The last crash played havoc within the sprinters’ teams riding at the front and split the peloton in two. It took out of contention Teunissen’s Jumbo-Visma teammate Dylan Groenewegen.

”Bizarre scenario. I hope Dylan is OK,” said Teunissen, who was initially set to be part of Groenewegen’s lead-out train.

Teunissen became the first Dutch rider to wear the yellow jersey since Erik Breukink 30 years ago.

In the slightly uphill section leading to the finish line on the leafy Avenue du Parc Royal, Teunissen perfectly timed his effort to deny Sagan a 12th stage win at the Tour.

Tour de France 2019 – stage 1 results (Brussels – Brussels):

1Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma)

4:22:47

2Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

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3Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)

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4Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data)

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5Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida)

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6Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

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7Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)

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8Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)

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9Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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10Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

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11Greg Van Avermaet (CCC)

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12Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First)

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13Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Gobert)

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14Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)

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15Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Jumbo-Visma)

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16Julien Simon (Cofidis)

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17Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)

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18Christophe Laporte (Cofidis)

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19Andre Greipel (Arkea Samsic)

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20Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

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Tour de France 2019 – general classification after stage 1:

1Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma)

4:22:47

2Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

+04”

3Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)

+06”

4Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data)

+10”

5Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida)

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6Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

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7Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)

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8Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)

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9Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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10Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

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11Greg Van Avermaet (CCC)

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12Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First)

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13Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Gobert)

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14Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)

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15Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Jumbo-Visma)

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16Julien Simon (Cofidis)

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17Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)

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18Christophe Laporte (Cofidis)

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19Andre Greipel (Arkea Samsic)

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20Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

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