A brief review of Sunday’s opening stage at the Tour de France: Stage: A 139-mile flat stretch from Rotterdam across the Flanders region and into Belgium.
Winner: Alessandro Petacchi, who avoided three crashes in the final 11⁄ miles to claim his first win in the Tour since 2003. Petacchi
2 is competing in his first Tour since 2004 and won his fifth stage overall in cycling’s three-week showcase. Petacchi won ahead of Mark Renshaw of Australia and Thor Hushovd of Norway.
Who’s in yellow: Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland leads Germany’s Tony Martin by 10 seconds. Britain’s David Millar was third, 20 seconds off the pace.
Where’s Lance: Seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong is in fourth place, two seconds back of third place and 22 seconds behind the leader.