Tour de France 2018 Stage 1: Gaviria wins to take first maillot jaune

The 1st stage of the Tour de France is a flat leg of 201 kilometres. Fernando Gaviria outsprints Peter Sagan and Marcel Kittel, so the Colombian is the first overall leader. Chris Froome, Adam Yates, Richie Porte and Nairo Quintana lose time in the chaotic finale. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 1st stage 2018 Tour de France

1. Fernando Gaviria (col)
2. Peter Sagan (svk) s.t.
3. Marcel Kittel (ger) s.t.
4. Alexander Kristoff (nor)
5. Christopher Laporte (fra) s.t.
6. Dylan Groenewegen (nld) s.t.
7. Michael Matthews (aus) s.t.
8. John Degenkolb (ger) s.t.
9. Jakob Fuglsang (den) s.t.
10. Rafal Majka (pol) s.t.

GC riders who lost time:
83. Richie Porte (aus) + 0.51
84. Adam Yates (gbr) s.t.
88. Ion Izagirre (spa) s.t.
91. Chris Froome (gbr) s.t.
112. Nairo Quintana (col) + 1.15
130. Pierre Latour (fra) + 2.11

GC after the 1st stage
1. Fernando Gaviria (col)
2. Peter Sagan (svk) + 0.04
3. Marcel Kittel (ger) + 0.06
4. Oliver Naesen (bel) + 0.09
5. Alexander Kristoff (nor) + 0.10
6. Christopher Laporte (fra) s.t.
7. Dylan Groenewegen (nld) s.t.
8. Michael Matthews (aus) s.t.
9. John Degenkolb (ger) s.t.
10. Jakob Fuglsang (den) s.t.

Race report
Once the flag is dropped three riders break away. Kévin Ledanois, Jérôme Cousin and Yoann Offredo race to a lead of 4 minutes before the peloton takes contol.

Ledanois is first to crest the only classified climb, Côte de Vix, so he will be wearing the polka dot jersey in the 2nd stage. With 22 kms remaining he stops his efforts, while Cousin and Offredo are reeled in with 10 kms to go. A little later, Arnaud Démare, Adam Yates and Richie Porte are hindered by a crash in the peloton. Chris Froome takes a dive into a ditch with 5 kms left, while Nairo Quintana suffers two broken wheels 3.4 kms before the line.

Quick-Step storms into the final kilometre and Fernando Gaviria finishes the job in stellar style, outgunning Peter Sagan and Marcel Kittel.

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