The world’s most prestigious cycling race officially opened with the Brussels race on July 6.
Tour de France (around France) famous bicycle race season has officially opened the first stage with a length of 194 km starting from Belgium’s Brussels capital on the evening of July 6.
A total of 176 trailers from 22 teams competed in the opening round, departing from Brussels Central Square, via Charleroi, Waterloo and some other cities in Belgium, before rolling the finish at the Palace. Royal Laeken in the outskirts of Brussels.
As a result, Mike Teunissen of the Dutch Jumbo-Visma team rolled the finish line first to win the yellow shirt after stage one. The spectacular sprint in the final phase helped the 1992-born driver win convincingly after 4 hours 22 minutes and 47 seconds, four seconds faster than the runner-up’s second-place champion Peter Sagan. Bora-Hansgrohe.
On the third was Lotto-Soudal’s Caleb Ewan, who was more than a six-second winning record. Meanwhile, the defending champion Geraint Thomas of Ineos team started the journey to protect the title badly, was not even named in the top athletes after the first stage.
Today, the 2019 Tour de France will continue with the second stage also starting from Brussels. This is the stage for team time racing content with a distance of 27.6km, starting from the Royal Palace in central Brussels to the Atomium memorial building, a favorite tourist destination named “tower Belgium Eiffel ”on the outskirts of Brussels.
Early next week, the Tour de France will officially come to France with a third stage 215 km long, departing from the Belgian southern city of Binche and ending at Epernay in Marne province, the Grand Est region, northeastern France.
Tour de France is held every year for three weeks in July with a race through France and some neighboring countries.
Taking place every year since 1903, the Tour de France is the world’s most prestigious and long-lasting road bike race, as well as the third largest planetary sporting event after the World Cup and the Olympics.