British driver of “Team Sky” Geraint Thomas became the winner of the start-up phase of the 104th version of the Tour de France in 2017.
Debut stage of “Big loop” messed up weather today in düsseldorf it was raining, what has become a serious problem for many riders. The main victims became the star Spaniard Alejandro Valverde – one of the favorites of the race in turn did not keep control of the bike and at full speed crashed into the iron barrier. Valverde needed medical assistance for the rider Movistar Tour de France ended, hardly having begun.
And on the track dominated “Team Sky” – Geraint Thomas scored a debut win in the three-week stage race and became the first holder of the yellow Jersey. The company to Thomas in the top 10 made up Basil Kirienko, Michal Kwiatkowski and current winner of the “Big loop” Christopher froome who showed the best result among the contenders for the General classification.
The “Astana” the best became the only Ukrainian on the Tour de France Andrey Grivko, the loser to the winner only 17 seconds.
The results of the first stage:
1. Geraint Thomas (GB, Team Sky) – 16:04
2. Stefan küng (Switzerland, BMC) – 0,05
3. Basil Kiryenka (Belarus, Team Sky) – 0,07
4. Tony Martin (Germany, Katyusha) – 0,08
5. Matteo Trentin (Italy, Quick-Step Floors) – 0,10
12. Andriy Grivko (Ukraine / Astana) – 0,17
Tomorrow the Tour de France 203-kilometre sprint stage with start in düsseldorf and finish in the Belgian Liege.
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