Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana lose time through crash and mechanical as Gaviria wins Tour de France stage one

Froome crashed with 5km remaining and Quintana punctured with 3.5km left

Fernando Gaviria wins stage one of the 2018 Tour de France

(Image credit: PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Stage one of the Tour de France gave way to a bunch sprint, won by Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin).

With a break of three escaping at the flag drop and staying away until there was around 10 kilometres remaining of the 201 km stage, it should have been a simple sprint finish, with general classification hopefuls shooting for a safe finish in the bunch.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.