Tour de France 2014: Stage 1 Winner, Results and Updated Leaderboard Standings

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Tour de France 2014: Stage 1 Winner, Results and Updated Leaderboard Standings
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Marcel Kittel took advantage of a big crash in the final straight of the 2014 Tour de France's opening stage, winning a sprint to take the yellow jersey.

Eurosport shared the result:

Mark Cavendish clashed with Simon Gerrans and fell hard on his shoulder, and while he won't lose any time by falling in the final straight, any damage to his collarbone could mean the end to his 2014 Tour.

And that news was confirmed on Sunday morning as the Isle of Man rider was ruled out of the Tour.

Cannondale Pro shared this great image, showing the profile of the opening stage:

2014 Tour de France Stage 1 Results
Place Rider Team Time
1 Marcel Kittel Giant 4:44:07
2 Peter Sagan Cannondale Same Time
3 Ramunas Navardauskas Garmin Same Time
4 Bryan Coquard Europcar Same Time
5 Michael Rodgers Tinkoff-Saxo Same Time
6 Chris Froome Team Sky Same Time
7 Alexander Kristoff Katyusha Same Time
8 Sep Vanmarcke Belkin Same Time
9 Jose Joaquin Rojas Movistar Same Time
10 Michael albasini Orica Same Time

Sky Sports

The sun was shining early in the morning as the riders prepared themselves for the start of this year's Tour, and nerves were visibly high in Leeds. Cavendish didn't hide how he was feeling from anyone:

Via Team Lampre Merida, even the Royal Family took time out of their busy schedules to greet the peloton ahead of the start:

A total of 198 riders then got underway, and while some of them were still adjusting the straps on their pedals and enjoying the Yorkshire countryside, a threesome of riders escaped the pack within the first few miles.

Veteran Jens Voigt led the break, and he was joined by Nicolas Edet and Benoit Jarrier. The peloton felt comfortable giving the three riders an early lead, opening the door for one of the trio to make an early push for the polka-dot jersey.

Jarrier crossed the line at the top of the Cote de Cray first, but after that, it was all Voigt. Winning the intermediate sprint, the German left his companions behind and decided to go solo, as shared by his team's official Twitter account.

The English fans came out in force to watch the 2014 Tour grace the British roads, and the images of Voigt climbing the Cote de Buttertubs almost looked as if he was facing the dreaded Tourmalet, via the Tour's Twitter account:

The peloton started speeding up in the background, and while Voigt would claim top honours on the Buttertubs and the Cote de Grinton Moor, his solo bid would eventually end with more than 50 kilometers still to go:

Several riders were surprised by the sudden burst of speed from the peloton, however, including Alessandro Petacchi and Elia Viviani, key components of the sprint trains of Cavendish and Peter Sagan, respectively.

The sprint teams took full control of the peloton, upping the pace again with 20 kilometres to go. Lotto Belisol and Omega Pharma-Quick Step formed an alliance and got their sprinters into position, effectively eliminating the chances of a late break.

Astana also moved forward in protection of Vincenzo Nibali, opening the door for the sprint trains to conserve their energy heading into the final kilometers. Omega Pharma-Quick Step took the lead four kilometres from the finish line, Tony Martin blazing forward ahead of the final climb.

Fabian Cancellara made his jump on the climb but was caught by the peloton, and just as Omega Pharma-Quick Step seemed to have put Cavendish in excellent position, a big crash ended his sprint prematurely.

 

 

2014 Tour de France Leaderboard
Place Rider Team Time
1 Marcel Kittel Giant 4:44:07
2 Peter Sagan Cannondale Same Time
3 Ramunas Navardauskas Garmin Same Time
4 Bryan Coquard Europcar Same Time
5 Michael Rodgers Tinkoff-Saxo Same Time
6 Chris Froome Team Sky Same Time
7 Alexander Kristoff Katyusha Same Time
8 Sep Vanmarcke Belkin Same Time
9 Jose Joaquin Rojas Movistar Same Time
10 Michael albasini Orica Same Time

Sky Sports

2014 Tour de France Point Classification
Place Rider Team Points
1 Marcel Kittel Giant 45
2 Peter Sagan Cannondale 45
3 Bryan Coquard Europcar 39
4 Ramunas Navardauskas Garmin 30
5 Michael Rogers Tinkoff-Saxo 22
6 Jens Voigt Trek 20
7 Chris Froome Team Sky 20
8 Alexander Kristoff Katyusha 18
9 Nicolas Edet Cofidis 17
10 Sep Vanmarcke Belkin 16

Sky Sports

2014 Tour de France Mountain Classification
Place Rider Team Points
1 Jens Voigt Trek 4
2 Benoit Jarrier Bretagne 1
3 Nicolas Edet Cofidis 1
4 Lars Bak Lotto 1

Sky Sports

Sunday's stage has the profile of a Flemish Classic, featuring several short but steep climbs and a finale with twists and turns. Peter Sagan will be the strong favourite heading into the second stage, though several of the Belgian riders like Stijn Devolder will have their eyes set on this particular stage.

The sprint teams will try and keep things close and aim for another mass sprint, but this early in the Tour, the attacking riders will fancy their chances on fresh legs.

Cavendish's fall in the final kilometer put a damper on the British crowd, and with the Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider racing so close to home, the disappointment in their camp will be enormous. Whether Cavendish will be able to start on Sunday is still unclear, and fans have to hope the sprinter will be able to continue this year's Tour.

 

 

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