Te­u­nis­sen wins Tour first stage; Thomas crashes

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports -

Mike Te­u­nis­sen claimed the first yellow jer­sey of this year’s Tour de France with a sprint vic­tory in Satur­day’s open­ing stage, which was marked by de­fend­ing cham­pion Geraint Thomas’ crash in the fi­nale.

Thomas’ Ineos team said he fell in the fi­nal me­ters but “feels fine.” Jakob Fuglsang also hit the tar­mac about 12 miles from the fin­ish in a sep­a­rate crash.

The 26-year-old Te­u­nis­sen, who be­came the first Dutch rider to wear the yellow jer­sey since Erik Breukink 30 years ago, edged former world cham­pion Peter Sa­gan and Caleb Ewan on the fin­ish line in Brus­sels.

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