Tour De France 2013 Porto Vecchio To Bastia Stage 1 Review

Updated: June 29, 2013


The first stage of this year’s Tour De France and a first start on Corsica for this competition set a sense of optimism for all the riders. The race didn’t make a big impression on the competition until the last few kilometres where disaster and drama hit the stage with crashes and unbelievable confusion from the organisers.

Already before the race Chris Froome had to change a tyre on his bike and after that had to change his bike, which made for a worrying start. At the beginning, five riders broke away within the first kilometre of the race, those being Jerome Cousin of Team Europcar, Lars Boom of Team Blanco, Cyril Lemoine of Team Sojasum, Juan Antonio Flecha of Team Vacansoleil-DCM and Juan Jose Lobato of Team Euskaltel-Euskadi. The peloton was confident that they didn’t need to up the pace, which could have risked a big crash early on, and they knew that throughout the course of

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the race they could catch up with them.

With a small climb to gain the King Of The Mountain jersey, Frenchman Cousin jumped ahead a couple of hundred metres from the top, the others in the group followed except for Flecha momentarily, at the last dash Lobato managed to just jump ahead of Cousin to get the polka dot jersey after the first stage. Flecha managed to catch up slowly afterwards.

After 60 kilometres, the peloton started the stretch and the weaker riders started trailing and the stronger teams stayed together. Omega Pharma-Quick Step mainly leaded the peloton along with Argos-Shimano for short periods, Omega Pharma-Quick were clearly trying to stay in front so that Cavendish could sprint at the end and eventually win the stage.

Throughout the day the break-away stayed ahead of the peloton by a couple of minutes and when the peloton were catching up in the first-half of the race, the break-away upped the pace to stay ahead. At one point in the second-half of the race Cousin tried breaking away from the group and being ahead on his own, but he eventually dropped back.

When it came up to the ridge where 20 points were on offer, Flecha attacked and thought he could get away, only for Lars Boom to come up behind him straight afterwards and taking over to take the 20 points. Boom came first, Flecha came second and Lemoine came third.

Lobato looked like the weaker cyclist in the break-away and was eventually caught up by the peloton and never managed to break out of it. After 175 kilometres, the peloton caught up with the break-away and was now the lading pack in the race. About 35 kilometres from the end stretched the peloton with the awkward round-abouts that separated the experienced cyclists to the inexperienced. Disaster hit when about 4 kilometres from the end when a cyclist fell in the middle of the peloton and caused a crash in which Cavendish and Froome were caught up in, but not injured. Cavendish’s team-mate, Tony Martin, broke his collar bone consequently because of the crash. The crash caused the ones who were just behind the front of the peloton to take over and Marcel Kittel just about took the stage win ahead of Norway’s Alexander Kristoff.

There was confusion over where the finish line was when a team bus got caught under the finish line and was stuck, because of the confusion all the cyclists were awarded the same times.



General Classification

1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) : Team Argos-Shimano

2 Alexmder Kristoff (Nor) : Team Katusha

3 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) : Team Vacansoleil0-DCM Pro Cycling Team

4 David Millar (GBr) : Team Garmin-Sharp

5 Matteo Trentin (Ita) : Team Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team

6 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) : AG2R La Mondiale

7 Gregory Henderson (NZl) : Lotto Belisol

8 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) : Lotto Belisol

9 Jose Joaquim Rojas Gill (Spa) : Movistar Team

10 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) : Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

11 Daryl Impery (RSA) : Orica GreenEdge

12 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) : Belkin Procycling Team

13 Julien Simon (Fra) : Sojasun

14 Nicholas Roche (Irl) : Team Saxo-Tinkoff

15 Simon Gerrans (Aus) : Oria GreenEdge

16 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) : Astana Pro Team

17 Jose Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) : Movistar Team

18 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) : Euskaltel Euskadi

19 Michael Albasini (Swi) : Oria GreenEdge

20 Martin Wynants (Bel) : Belkin Procycling Team

41 Christopher Froome (GBr) : Sky Procycling

58 Mark Cavendish (GBr) : Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team

62 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) : Sky Procycling

93 Daniel Martin (Irl) : Garmin-Sharp

165 Ian Stannard (GBr) : Sky Procycling

183 Geraint Thomas (GBr) : Sky Procycling

General classification is the same as Stage 1 classification and all times are equal

Points Classification

1 Marcel Kitter (Ger) : Team Argos-Shimano

2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) : Team Katusha

3 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) : Vaconsoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

4 David Millar (GBr) : Garmin-Sharp

5 Matteo Trentin (Ita) : Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team

6 Lars Boom (Ned) : Belkin Pro Cycling Team

7 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) : AG2G La Mondiale

8 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) : Vaconsoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

9 Gregory Henderson (NZl) : Lotto Belisol

10 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) : Vaconsoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

11 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) : Lotto Belisol

12 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) : Sojasun

13 Jose Joaquim Rojas Gil (Spa) : Movistar Team

14 Jerome Cousin (Fra) : Team Europcar

15 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) : Euskaltel Euskadi

16 Daryl Impery (RSA) : Orica GreenEdge

17 Andre Greipel (Ger) : Lotto Bolisol

18 Mark Cavendish (GBr) : Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team

19 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) : Belkin Procycling Team

20 Peter Sagan (Svk) : Cannondale

24 Nicholas Roche (Irl) : Team Saxo-Tinkoff


Stage 1 Review by Sebastian True

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