Tour de France Stage 1 - Aussie Caleb Ewan 3rd

Published
07/07/2019


 

Mike Teunissen won the opening stage of the 2019 TDF in Brussels, while Aussie Caleb Ewan claimed third on the 194.5km stage

 

Teunissen ( Jumbo-Visma) outsprinted Peter Sagan to take the yellow jersey on the first stage of 2019

 

Caleb Ewan of Lotto Soudal finished third in his tour debut after the sprint which he was boxed in.  With a timetrial Sunday his opportunity to wear the yellow in this tour is now slim.

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Mike Teunissen has taken a surprise win in the first stage of the Tour de France. In Brussels, the Dutchman just kept ahead of Peter Sagan. As a result, he became the first Dutch rider to wear the yellow jersey since Erik Breukink thirty years ago.

   

Teunissen was supposed to lead-out Dylan Groenewegen but Groenewegen crashed and he seized the opportunity. The Dutch rider was brought into position in the last kilometre by Wout van Aert.

 

For Teunissen, it is his fifth victory of the season. It is the thirty-sixth victory for Team Jumbo-Visma.

 

The stage from and to Brussels went according to plan for the formation of manager Richard Plugge. The stage was controlled by George Bennett in particular. In the final two kilometres, the team had to change plans quickly after Dylan’s crash had disrupted the original plan. Groenewegen, however, still finished the stage, suffering some superficial abrasions.

 

“This is truly bizarre. Unreal”, Teunissen said. “It’s all very special. We worked hard for months to do a sprint with Dylan here. After his crash, we switched plans very quickly. The riders in front of me were struggling to keep their pace and I could only just outsprint Sagan. The fact that I win a stage by beating these guys in the Tour is amazing. This is what you dream of as a little boy. Now it has happened, it has become reality ... I can’t find the words for it.”

 

Manager Richard Plugge concurred with Teunissen. “For the first time in history we have the yellow jersey in the team and it’s the first Dutch yellow jersey in thirty years: that is really fantastic. It is an incredible season for us.”

 

Stage one result:

1. Michael Teunissen (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) 4hrs 22mins 47seconds

2. Peter Sagan (Slo/Bora-Hansgrohe) Same time

3. Caleb Ewan (Aus/Lotto-Soudal)

4. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita/Dimension Data)

5. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita/Bahrain Merida)

6. Michael Matthews (Aus/Sunweb)

7. Matteo Trentin (Ita/Mitchelton-Scott)

8. Oliver Naesen (Bel/AG2R La Mondiale)

9. Elia Viviani (Ita/Deceuninck-Quick Step)

10. Jasper Stuyen (Bel/Trek-Segafredo)

 

GC after stage one

1. Michael Teunissen (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) 4hrs 22mins 47seconds

2. Peter Sagan (Slo/Bora-Hansgrohe) +4secs

3. Caleb Ewan (Aus/Lotto-Soudal) +6secs

4. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita/Dimension Data) +10secs

5. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita/Bahrain Merida)

6. Michael Matthews (Aus/Sunweb)

7. Matteo Trentin (Ita/Mitchelton-Scott)

8. Oliver Naesen (Bel/AG2R La Mondiale)