2010 Tour de France – Stage 1 Wrap-up

TDF 2010 - Petacchi Wins Stage 1

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Sometimes just staying upright is all you need to take a big win.  With Oscar Freire, Mark Cavendish, and Tyler Farrar all crashing inside the final few kilometers, it was Alessandro Petacchi’s day in the Tour de France.  With a win eerily similar to the stage he took in Stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse, Petacchi survived the carnage to take his fifth Tour stage win—his first since 2003.

It was a crash-filled finish to an otherwise uneventful stage–we’ll have to see who made it through the carnage unscathed.  Of those to fall, Tyler Farrar has to be the most disappointed—the race looked to be his going into the final 500 meters.

Tomorrow looks to be the first day for a real shake-up, as the race heads to the Belgian Ardennes.  With 6 climbs on the day, a breakaway could go clear to fight for the win in Spa.  Men like Thomas Voeckler and Maxim Iglinsky come to mind here—and never forget Damiano Cunego.  With the pavé lurking in Tuesday’s Stage 3, will the favorites try and give themselves a cushion?

I’ll be hosting Bicycling’s Live Blog tomorrow beginning at about 8:30EST—come over and say hello.

For now, enjoy your Sunday—have a terrific 4th of July if you’re celebrating.

As always, share your comments below.

About Whit

My experiences might easily fit many cycling fans' definitions of “living the dream.” Since getting hooked on the sport watching Lance Armstrong win the 1993 U.S. Pro Championship, I've raced as an amateur on Belgian cobbles, traveled Europe to help build a European pro team, and piloted that team from Malaysia to Mont Ventoux. As a former assistant director sportif with Mercury-Viatel, I've also seen the less dreamy side of the sport – the side rife with broken contracts, infighting, and positive dope tests. These days, I live with my lovely wife in Pennsylvania and share my experiences and views on the sport at Bicycling Magazine, the Embrocation Cycling Journal, and at my own site, Pavé.
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