Unfortunately, the last kilometers of first stage saw a big crash involving some favorites, for the stage or general classification.
Weird enough, Ethan Hayter was at the back of the peloton for a long time while his teammates were pulling the peloton, without it being known whether he had a mechanical or health issues. Maybe we will learn more by the start of the second stage. He crossed the line last at 14’31” .
Ion Izagirre, an other favorite was also involved is down by more than 10 minutes.
A pleasant weather and a hilly 169 km for those guys, with a flat finish designed for a sprinter. But first the sprinters need to survive the climbs and secondly their teams need to work to hold the break-away on the rope.
|★★★★★||Fernando Gaviria||Ethan Hayter||Ethan Vernon|
|★★★★||Ethan Hayter||Fernando Gaviria||Ethan Hayter|
|★★★||Jon Aberasturi||Ethan Vernon||Quinten Hermans|
|★★||Patrick Bevin||Quinten Hermans||Patrick Bevin|
|★||Ethan Vernon||Francisco Galvan||Fernando Gaviria|
Lulu: This will be a hard challenge, but if he survives the climbs of the day, Gaviria can win the final sprint.
CC2004: A hilly stage of 168.2km that should end in a sprint. Ethan Hayter can make it over the climbs and got a good sprint. Francisco Galvan was 3rd at GP Marseillaise and consistently inside the top 15 on sprint stages.
Mufcfaan: Quick-Step will work hard all day to seal it with their new sprinting sensation, Ethan Vernon.