TOUR DE FRANCE. He was expected in this 1st stage. The French Julian Alaphilippe will wear the first yellow jersey of this Tour de France 2021 after having established himself as a boss at Landerneau. This stage, which left Brest at midday, was marked by heavy falls. Summary and ranking …
The Tour de France 2021 got off to a strong start this Saturday, June 26. For the 1st stage between Brest and Landerneau, a stage resolutely suited to punchers, Julian Alaphilippe responded by winning quite clearly over the competition and by confirming the hopes that were placed in him from this first day of racing. The French therefore took the lead in the general classification of this 108th edition of the Tour de France, rich in sporting uncertainties, but more peaceful than in 2020 in terms of health, with in particular the return of the public.
The Tour de France peloton left Brest, shortly after 12:30 pm this Saturday, under low skies but no rain drops, for the first stage of the event. The world champion Julian Alaphilippe and the 183 other runners, all tested negative for Covid-19, set off for the 197.8 kilometers of the course to Landerneau, riddled with short and steep climbs, with airs of classic. We will note the very first breakaways of this Tour 2021 and in particular that of the quintet Bonnamour, Pérez, Rodriguez, Schelling, Swift, D. van Poppel, who will never have exceeded the four minutes gap with the peloton. The Dutch Ide Schelling, 23, for whom it is the first Tour de France, also distinguished himself in this first stage by breaking free in one of the six climbs of the day, 83 kilometers from the finish. A solitary raid which ended at the start of the last 30 kilometers and which gave him the polka-dot jersey for best climber.
Two big falls occurred in this opening stage. A spectator holding a sign encroaching on the roadway notably caused a maxi-fall 45 kilometers from the finish, involving the German Tony Martin, who himself led other runners, like dominoes, on the narrow roadway and the aisles. Several of his teammates from the Jumbo formation, including the Slovenian Primoz Roglic (2nd in the 2020 Tour), found themselves on the ground. A second crash took place less than 8 kilometers from the finish and involved the Briton Chris Froome, quadruple winner of the Tour de France, who was however able to get back on the bike after several minutes. Belgian champion Wout van Aert, Italian champion Sonny Colbrelli and Colombian climber Miguel Angel Lopez also fell today, with no immediate consequences.
The arrival of this 1st stage of the Tour de France took place shortly before 5.30 p.m., on the heights of Fosse-aux-Loups. It is also at this point, one of the big difficulties at the end of the stage, that Alaphilippe attacked, very early on, without ever being able to be caught. The Frenchman of the Deceuninck team beat the other punchers and the Tour favorites at the top by 8 seconds. Australian Michael Matthews took second place ahead of Slovenian Primoz Roglic (2nd in the 2020 Tour) who pocketed 4 bonus seconds.
Julian Alaphilippe was a candidate for the first yellow jersey of this Tour de France, as was the Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin), grandson of Raymond Poulidor, one of the legends of the Tour. The Frenchman put his thumb in his mouth after raising his arms at the finish line at Landerneau. A way to celebrate the birth of his son Nino, born a few days before the start of the Tour de France and resulting from his union with the former champion and host Marion Rousse. On his near-perfect finish, he reacted to the microphone of France Télévisions at the end of this 1st stage of the Tour de France: “I was keen to succeed, but from there to do it … In the final, I was caught in a fall but we were able to return without getting excited. We had to finish the work on the last ascent. I gave the maximum without asking myself any questions “.
We have to go back to the Great Loop 2001 and the victory of Christophe Moreau to find a French yellow jersey at the end of the first stage. For Julian Alaphilippe, this is already the sixth victory in the Tour de France. The 29-year-old cyclist will wear the yellow jersey for the 18th time in his career tomorrow Sunday, in the second stage between Perros-Guirec and Mûr-de-Bretagne. A stage that promises to be just as explosive given his profile.
The first general classification of this Tour de France 2021 therefore places Julian Alaphilippe in the lead with a handful of seconds ahead of his pursuers, thanks in particular to 10 seconds of bonuses. Michael Matthews is at 12 seconds, Primoz Roglic at 14. Tadej Pogacar, first in the general classification last year at the end of the Tour, is at 18 seconds after a sixth place in this first stage:
The 2021 Tour de France cycling has been on track since the presentation of the route made on Sunday November 1, 2020 by Christian Prudhomme, the race director. Here is the map and the route of this Grande Boucle:
After the departure from Brittany and more precisely from the city of Brest, the Tour de France 2021 will head towards the east of the country, notably via Mayenne and Morvan, before crossing the Alps then the Pyrenees, then returning to Paris via the Gironde. The 2021 Tour de France route and the dates of all the stages :
- Stage 1, Saturday June 26: Brest – Landerneau (197.8 km)
- Stage 2, Sunday June 27: Perros-Guirec – Mûr-de-Bretagne (183.5 km)
- Stage 3, Monday June 28: Lorient – Pontivy (182.9 km)
- Stage 4, Tuesday June 29: Redon – Fougères (150.4 km)
- Stage 5, Wednesday June 30: Changé – Laval (individual time trial, 27.2 km)
- Stage 6: Thursday July 1: Tours – Châteauroux (160.6 km)
- Stage 7, Friday July 2: Vierzon – Le Creusot (249.1 km)
- Stage 8, Saturday July 3: Oyonnax – Le Grand-Bornand (150.8 km)
- Stage 9, Sunday July 4: Cluses – Tignes (144.9 km)
- Monday July 5, rest in Tignes
- Stage 10, Tuesday July 6: Albertville – Valence (190.7 km)
- Stage 11, Wednesday July 7: Sorgues – Malaucène (198.9 km)
- Stage 12, Thursday July 8: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Nîmes (159.4 km)
- Stage 13, Friday July 9: Nîmes – Carcassonne (219.9 km)
- Stage 14, Saturday July 10: Carcassonne – Quillan (183.7 km)
- Stage 15, Sunday July 11: Céret – Andorra la Vella (191.3 km)
- Monday July 12: Rest in Andorra
- Stage 16, Tuesday July 13: Pas de la Casa – Saint-Gaudens (169 km)
- Stage 17, Wednesday July 14: Muret – Saint-Lary-Soulan (178.4 km)
- Stage 18, Thursday July 15: Pau – Luz-Ardiden (129, 7 km)
- Stage 19, Friday July 16: Mourenx – Libourne (207 km)
- Stage 20, Saturday July 17: Libourne – Saint-Emilion (30.8 km)
- Stage 21, Sunday July 18: Chatou – Champs-Elysées, Paris (108.4 km)
Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, winner last year, and his compatriot Primoz Roglic, appear once again among the favorites at the start of this Tour de France 2021. It will also undoubtedly be necessary to reckon with the “boys” of the Ineos team (Geraint Thomas, Richard Carapaz, Richie Porte, Tao Geoghegan Hart), Alejandro Valverde, Enric Mas (Movistar), Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) and Rigoberto Uran. On the French side, the best armed riders seem to be David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck Quick-Step). The latter should as a priority seek to win stages and wear the yellow jersey at the start of the Tour but the appetite sometimes comes with eating … Among the big absentees, are the Colombian Egan Bernal, who favors this year the Giro and the Vuelta, the Briton Adam Yates, as well as the French Romain Bardet, who has also focused his season on the other great Tours, and Thibaut Pinot, who still treats his back pain.
The television broadcast of the Tour de France 2021 is provided by the group France Televisions as well as by Eurosport, the official French broadcasters. On the public service channels, Alexandre Pasteur and Laurent Jalabert are responsible for bringing the race live to viewers, while on Eurosport, Guillaume Di Grazia, Jacky Durand and Steve Chainel will be at the microphone to host the live. In addition to TV broadcasting, be aware that each channel will offer a streaming broadcast on its respective website, France TV (free access) and Eurosport Player (paid access).