Tour de France Stage 1: Reaction

A chaotic opening stage of the 2020 Tour de France that featured numerous crashes was won by Alexander Kristoff (UAE) in a sprint finish in Nice.

NTT Pro Cycling’s Giacomo Nizzolo finished seventh on a day that saw Ryan Gibbons, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Domenico Pozzovivo all involved in crashes.

Ryan Gibbons

I came into the race nursing a broken rib on my left side and today I went down on my left side again – of course – typical and on the same spot so at the moment I’m in quite a bit of pain. I was able to get back on and caught the peloton somehow and did a bit of work but I’m feeling it now.

He (the doctor) has checked me about but we’ve got a few other patients as well. At the moment he’s stitching up Pozzovivo so he’ll check my shoulder a bit late. Nothing you can really do for a broken rib but just tolerate the pain.

The first stage of a Grand Tour is always going to be nervous espcially at the Tour de France. This season we’ve seen a lot more crashes since the restart, I think riders are just taking more risks. I think today on top of a treacherous course, with the rain it was just a nightmare. A lot of oil on the road, very very dangerous. I’m very, very happy to see that the riders came together and made a unanimous decision to take the last descent relatively easy but yes still very treacherous, a challenging stage.

Legs are great and I think that showed today, it’s the one positive. We saw Giacomo boxed in at the end but flying so we’ve got a lot of faith in him and we’ve got no doubt he’s going to pull off a result. We’ve got 20 stages to go so a lot of chances.

Giacomo Nizzolo

It was a stressful day with the rain and many, many crashes. In the end I could manage to get back to the bunch and I actually felt great in the sprint.

It’s a pity I couldn’t sprint actually, to find a place (position) to deliver to the power that I felt but sometimes in a sprint it is a lottery so I’m super happy about how Im feeling, not about the result but ‘we have more stages to come.

Max Walscheid

I’ve never see so many crashes in one day. It was pretty crazy, I also didn’t have the best of luck but I stayed on my bike, I was caught up several times by a crash but I could always come back and I was actually pretty happy with my legs.

Unfortunately with 20km to go I punctured but I still came back, the guys waited at the back of the bunch for me and I wanted to support Giacomo in the sprint but I was caught up behind a crash again but the bottom line is that I stayed on my bike, and I hope that everyone else in the team is okay.

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