Tour de France 2021: Alaphilippe wins opening stage of Tour de France, Michael Mathews finishes second

Tour de France 2021: Alaphilippe wins opening stage of Tour de France, Michael Mathews finishes second
Tour de France 2021: Alaphilippe wins opening stage of Tour de France, Michael Mathews finishes second

Tour de France 2021: Alaphilippe wins opening stage of Tour de France, Michael Mathews finishes second-  Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe won the first stage of the Tour de France, a 197.8-km from Brest, to take the inaugural leader’s yellow jersey on Saturday.

The world champion burst away from the main pack with 2.3-km left of a brutal climb up to the Cote de la Fosse aux Loups, and none of his rivals could match his power.

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Australian Michael Matthews took second place, with Slovenian Primoz Roglic coming home third.

The stage was marred by two massive crashes that brought down numerous riders.