- 1 The race: one breakaway, two big crashes and… Alaphilippe!
- 2 On the side of the favorites: the world champion is there!
- 3 On the side of the Bretons: Bonnamour launches the first breakaway
The first stage was off to a good start: very nervous in the first ten kilometers, five men had managed to escape just after the first difficulty, which saw the Belgian Victor Campanaerts (Qhubeka Asso) take the first point for the mountain at the top of the Trébéolin coast: the Lannionnais Franck Bonnamour has taken Anthony Perez, Dany Van Poppel, Ide Schelling and Cristian Rodriguez on his wheel. A sixth man hung up a few kilometers later: Arkea-Samsic runner Connor Swift. Less than 80 km from the finish, the Dutchman from Bora-Hansgrohe, Ide Shelling lost company to the other five, who were quickly caught by the peloton. After a huge fall at the level of the Saint-Rivoal coast, the groggy peloton quickly got back into working order and resumed the fugitive. But at ten kilometers, the peloton suffered another fall, with many riders, including the quadruple winner of the Grand Boucle Chris Froome, who took a long time to get up. It was therefore in the Fosse-aux-Loups that this first stage was played out. It is the world champion Julian Alaphilippe who launched a first attack at 2.4 km and put a layer less than 2 km from the line… He let go of Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic, who tried to follow him… in vain!
Warm during this first stage until the Fosse-aux-Loups, the favorites found themselves at the foot of the Fosse-aux-Loups at the forefront: Alaphilippe, Van der Poel, Van Aert … they were all there, led by their teams. But the French world champion did not want to be at the top of the hill with the sprinters, so he found the moment to escape: “I was keen to succeed. Thanks to my teammates, who protected me all day and brought me back to peace after the fall, I was able to do the work on the last ascent. Changed jersey for the Yellow, it gets worse! “. He was expected, he did not disappoint. But he will have to be wary because his opponents are also in good shape: the two Slovenes Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic (finally 3rd) tried to follow him but if they did not succeed on this first stage. Revenge, Sunday, in Mûr-de-Bretagne?
We were waiting for David Gaudu or Valentin Madouas, we saw Franck Bonnamour (26 years old). the Costarmorican launched the first breakaway of the Tour 2021 at the 10th km. The B & B Hotel – P / B KTM rider was rather expected, Sunday, on the roads of his childhood in between Perros-Guirec and Mûr-de-Bretagne, but for his first Tour de France, he did not wait and showed itself from these first 197 km between Brest and Landerneau. Even if the breakaway did not go to the end and Bonnamour and his breakaway buddies were caught within 80 km of the finish, the Lannionnais animated a good part of the stage.
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