By The Associated Press
July 6, 2019
BRUSSELS — 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 marred by the defending champion Geraint Thomas’s crash in the final stretch.
Thomas’s Ineos team said he fell in the final meters but “feels fine.” Another top contender, Jakob Fuglsang, also hit the ground about 20 kilometers, or about 12 miles, from the finish in a separate crash.
Teunissen, 26, who became the first Dutch rider to wear the yellow jersey since Erik Breukink 30 years ago, edged the former world champion Peter Sagan and Caleb Ewan at the finish line in Brussels.
Thomas quickly got back on his bike after hitting a barrier while his teammate Egan Bernal was held up by the crash. They did not lose time as per race regulations because the accident occurred within the final three kilometers.