Stage 1: Fernando Gaviria took away the yellow jersey

Fernando Gaviria of Quick Step won the opening stage at the Tour de France 2018 and became the first Colombian to win a bunch sprint of the Tour de France. He also became the second Colombian to take the yellow jersey, fifteen years after Victor Hugo Peña, as he outclassed Peter Sagan in Fontenay-le-Comte. The finish was reached at the fastest expected speed but not without damage for the favourites as Chris Froome, Richie Porte, Adam Yates and Nairo Quintana lost a significant amount of time in crashes and mechanicals.

176 riders took the start of the 105th Tour de France at 11.10am in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île. The Stage 1 started out as a rather dull affair, however it turned on its head in the closing kilometres as several of the main overall contenders; Chris Froome (Team Sky), Richie Porte (BMC), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar), all lost time due to crashes, mechanicals and other setbacks.

Stage 2: World champion Peter Sagan won Stage 2 of the TDF 2018

Taking the overall race lead, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage two of the 2018 Tour de France. 80 years after the last visit of the Tour de France and the victory of Eloi Meulenberg, another world champion won at La Roche-sur-Yon as Peter Sagan sprinted to victory after Fernando Gaviria crashed in the last curve. The Slovakian champion got the yellow jersey back two years after he first took it in Cherbourg.

176 riders took the start of stage 2 in Mouilleron-Saint-Germain. Direct Energie was the most active team after the flag off. Sylvain Chavanel managed to go clear after 3km of racing, along with Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Michael Gogl (Trek-Segafredo). Smith won the sprint for the only KOM price of the day at côte de Pouzauges (km 28) with the aim of becoming the first ever New Zealander to wear a distinctive jersey at the Tour de France. After the sprint, Gogl called the medical assistance for a pain his right leg and went back to the bunch. Smith also considered his mission accomplished and waited for the peloton. At km 35, Chavanel found himself alone in the lead with an advantage of 2’50’’.

Source: Tour de France

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