The first stage of the 100th Tour de France has been won by Germany’s Marcel Kittel.
For the first time the race was taking to the roads of Corsica, and the flat stage run over 213 kilometres was a series of dramatic events, notably a pileup just inside the final 6 kilometres. The crash snared Mark Canvendish and Chris Froome, but also his title rival Alberto Contador.
The winner’s time of four hours fifty-three minutes and forty-six seconds was given to whole pack after the confusion following the breakdown of a team bus on the finish line.
Danny Van Poppel at 19 is the youngest Tour rider since WWII, so his third place was pretty impressive.