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Tour de France Round-Up: Opening

Start of the biggest road race of the year

With the elite of the elite gathering together in Mont St. Michel this weekend, the start of the biggest road race was a fact. Three weeks of road racing started at the idyllic place in Normandy where fierce battles were fought during World War II.

The first winner and wearer of the yellow jersey memorated this fierce heritage after he crossed the finish line. A very happy Marc Cavendish was the quickest in the opening stage and proudly and emotionally received his first ‘maillot jaune’ of his career.

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Pinot at the start of the Tour de France. He lost a few seconds on Froome, but nothing major.

The second day of racing through Normandy saw its first finish uphill with a steep but short sprint at the final of the stage. With big uphill punchers as Sagan, Valverde and Alaphilippe, this stage would see a big rider on top of the podium. But true climbers such as Quintana, Aru and Pinot as well were having a chance. At least it was a good chance for the GC riders to make a first little decisive move. With Froome riding at the front the meaning of Team Sky was clear. But being keen on the move, Pinot and FDJ were present at the front of the peloton to react at each move of the biggest favourite for winning this Tour de France. In the final last 100 meters of the stage it was Jasper Stuyven who nearly finished his all day attack, but it were the expected big punchers who finished first, with the World Champion jersey crossing the line first and a devastated Alaphilippe being second. A few seconds behind the first group it was Pinot finishing at a 30th spot together with teammates Vichot and Reichenbach.

Cédric Pineau at the start of stage 2 rocking his Tithon and Summit.