Who is Mike Teunissen? The unexpected first yellow jersey wearer of the Tour de France 2019

The 2019 Tour marks the high point of his career so far

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When the first stage of the Tour de France is a flat road race, a rare opportunity for the sprinters to take the yellow jersey appears, with many dreaming of taking the race lead before the peloton heads uphill and the overall classification falls into the remit of the climbers.

As the bunch rolled out of Brussels on stage one of the 2019 edition of the French Grand Tour, Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) were the names on everyone's lips as to who would take the stage win.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.