Stage 1 – Nice Little Shake-up in the Field – SPOILER ALERT

July 2, 2011

I don’t have all the details yet, but the stage today has already created implications for the podium in Paris. During most of the 192KM stage there wasn’t much to see, but then about 10KM from the end there was a crash….


It has been reported that Contador and Andy Schleck were both caught in that crash and lost about 1:40 to the eventual stage winner and now Yellow Jersey wearer Gilbert of the Omega Pharma-Lotto squad. In his career, Philippe Gilbert has worn the Yellow Jersey nine times (not counting today) and has never had a green or polka dot on his back.

Before tomorrow’s Team Time Trial, I’ll get you another update on today’s stage 1.

Did your favorite rider finish in good stead after today’s event?