The positives are that defending champion Tadej Pogacar started off with an encouraging first leg, crossing the finish line in sixth place, 18 seconds behind winner Julian Alaphilippe. This earned the Slovenian his first podium of the race after taking the white jersey of the young leading rider.
However, the stage was marred by a mass accident when Team Jumbo Visma rider Tony Martin collided with a spectator who had strayed on the track. Among the many riders involved in the crash was Marc Hirschi of the UAE Emirates team, who suffered an injury which could impact his continued participation in the Tour.
“Several riders from the United Arab Emirates were involved in the crashes with @MarcHirschi the most affected. The Swiss managed to complete the stage but was taken by the team’s medical staff to the race medical center for exams, ”the UAE team wrote on Twitter.
“@JeroenSwart (Medical Director):“ After his accident, @MarcHirschi suffered a grade 3 injury to the acromioclavicular joint, commonly referred to as the separated shoulder. There is no broken collarbone or other injury to the shoulder joint. Tomorrow morning we will reassess his condition and decide if he is fit to continue the race.
The second stage (183.5 km) of the Tour de France on Sunday begins in Perros-Guirec and ends in Mur-de-Bretagne.