Who was the fastest rider on the first climb of the Tour de France 2019, the Muur van Geraardsbergen?

The Muur is an icon of the Tour of Flanders, but stage one of the Tour still saw some phenomenal times

(Image credit: Tim de Waele)

Cycling fans were treated to a welcome spectacle on stage one of the 2019 Tour de France, as the peloton tackled the iconic Muur van Geraardsbergen.

The punchy Belgian cobbled climb is part of the mythology of the spring Classics, but this year general classification riders were forced to battle their way over the ascent.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.