Dutch hopes still alive in Tour de France

3rd July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert won the first stage of the 98th Tour de France on Saturday. He broke out of the heavily reduced leading group in the final uphill push during the ascent of Mont des Alouettes. Australian Cadel Evans was second in the stage which was 191.5 kilometres long.

Dutch hope Robert Gesink lost only six seconds despite being involved in a pile-up just three kilometres from the finish. The Tour’s organisers decided to award the contestants who came off as a result, including Gesink, the finishing time of the leading group.

Defending champion Alberto Contador was involved in a pile-up about 10 kilometres from the line. He lost 1 minute 20 seconds.

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