Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma) was somewhat of a surprise winner of the opening stage of this year’s Tour de France. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansrohe) was 2nd and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) 3rd.
Brussels played host to the opening stage of the 2019 Tour de France and there was an electric atmosphere around the entire 194km stage. With the famous Muur de Geraardsbergen and Bosberg climbs coming in the opening part of the stage, the sprinters made sure to have things their own way come the finish.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were backing our in-form Italian sprinter, Giacomo Nizzolo, for the tough finale. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Edvald Boasson Hagen were tasked with delivering Nizzolo to the line, and they were able to place him near enough to the front of the main bunch when a crash took place under the kilometer to go banner, avoiding the pile up.
It was a tough final kilometer, only for the strongest sprinters with a long drag all the way up to line. Nizzolo showed he had good legs, coming from a few places down at the 300m to go point but finishing fast to secure 4th place on the stage.
Teunissen was the surprise stage victor, and first yellow jersey of the race, taking the win after his main sprinter, Dylan Groenewegen went down in the crash at 1km to go. All the other Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders got through today’s stage well, and look forward to tomorrow’s team time trial.