Mike Teunissen received a dash end to assert the opening stage of the 2019 Tour de France in Brussels, Belgium.
The Jumbo-Visma rider surprisingly beat Bora-Hansgrohe’s three-time world champion Peter Sagan on the road to take the yellow jersey.
Caleb Ewan of Lotto Soudal completed third and Group Dimension Information’s Giacomo Nizzolo took fourth.
Defending champion Geraint Thomas went down in a late crash however was unharmed and completed with out shedding any time.
First winner and Yellow Jersey wearer of the #TDF2019: @MikeTeunissen!
Premier vainqueur et premier #MaillotJauneLCL de ce #TDF2019 : @MikeTeunissen ! pic.twitter.com/osetmUFVuP
— Tour de France (@LeTour) July 6, 2019
Minutes after the stage completed, Group Ineos tweeted that the Welshman was “again on the bus and feels high quality”.
The crash, with round 1.6km remaining, additionally noticed one of many pre-stage favourites Dylan Groenewegen go down closely.
Teunissen was anticipated to be Groenewegen’s lead-out man for the end however along with his principal sprinter out of competition, he was capable of contest the victory and he turns into the primary Dutchman to assert the yellow jersey since Erik Breukink in 1989.
@MikeTeunissen is gathering jersey’s. Subsequent to the Maillot Jaune he additionally has the Maillot Vert #samenwinnen pic.twitter.com/mrYhMSQ104
— Group Jumbo-Visma biking (@JumboVismaRoad) July 6, 2019
“I used to be nonetheless contemporary, I noticed everybody cracking within the final metres, even Sagan, and I simply stored going till the top. It’s superb,” stated the 26-year-old who’s using in his second Tour de France.
Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang, who is predicted to be one in all Thomas’ principal challengers for the general title, was left with a bloodied face after he crashed with round 18km remaining. Nonetheless, he too remounted and completed the stage with out shedding any time.
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