- - Tour de France 2024 Stage 1

Tour de France 2024 Stage 1

Romain Bardet and Frank van den Broek delivered the most unlikely one-two finishes for DSM-Firmenich PostNL on Stage 1 of the 2024 Tour de France as Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan) battled sickness in extreme heat.

Bardet was allowed to take the win and the first yellow jersey on home soil, centimeters ahead of his team-mate, as a complacent peloton was left to rue a charge too late.

It appeared that Bardet and Van den Broek would be swallowed up as the pace ramped up behind, but indecision in the bunch allowed them to keep an important gap heading into the finale

Earlier, Bardet and van den Broek had bridged their way to the lone surviving escapees Valentin Madouas (Groupama FDJ) and Jonas Abrahamsen (Uno X) and had blown them both out of the wheels by the time they hit the final climb of the day.

Visma-Lease a Bike wrestled control of the bunch away from EF Education-EasyPost and UAE Emirates through the final of the stage in a sign of confidence in the returning Vingegaard.

Bardet and Van den Broek took a gap of only 1:40 over the reduced bunch into the fast final descent and 15km gallop to the finish in Rimini, but the bunch threw a wrench in their plans.

EF Education-EasyPost, which had been on a mission all day to set up local hero and Italian champ Alberto Bettiol, led the charge along with Lidl-Trek and Visma-Lease a Bike.

The chase left it extremely close to catching Bardet and Van den Broek, whose brave two-up TT was terminated 1500m out.




Leave a reply
Share on