Tour de France - Teunissen wins first stage - Sport
- Dutchman Mike Teunissen wins the first stage of the Tour de France ahead of Peter Sagan in the sprint.
- Teunissen was actually scheduled for the sprint preparation for Dylan Groenewegen. However, this crashed in the closing stages of the race.
- André Greipel took 19th place as the best German.
Professional cyclist Mike Teunissen has won the first leg of the 106th Tour de France and thus also taken the yellow jersey. The 26-year-old Dutchman from Team Jumbo-Visma won on Saturday after 194.5 kilometers around Brussels gossamer before Peter Sagan from Slovakia and the Australian Caleb Ewan.
"It'll take me a few more days to understand that," said Teunissen, who was actually scheduled for sprint preparation for compatriot Dylan Groenewegen. This was about 1.5 kilometers from the finish but involved in a fall: "He went down, so I thought: I feel fine, and I have tried."
No chance in the sprint had the eleven-time stage winner Andre Greipel (Rostock / Arkea-Samsic), who ranked 19th as the best German. Time trial specialist Tony Martin (Cottbus), with Jumbo-Visma team-mate Teunissen, had been involved in the first fall of the Tour 2019 before Groenewegen, but reached the finish with the peloton.
Already on Sunday, the overall ranking in the 27.6-kilometer team time trial in Brussels is likely to change again. Then it comes to the first determination of location of the favored rider to the Welsh title holder Geraint Thomas.