Mike Teunissen edged a thrilling bunch sprint to claim a surprise win in the opening stage of the Tour de France on Saturday after a big crash caused mayhem near the end.
The Jumbo-Visma rider was not expected to be fighting for the win but he held off Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) to take the stage by the narrowest of margins.
Defending champion Geraint Thomas was involved in a mass pile-up near the finish that also held up his Ineos joint-leader Egan Bernal but both finished safely.
That crash also took down Teunissen’s team-mate Dylan Groenewegen, one of the pre-stage favourites, but his lead-out man Teunissen took matters into his own hands to claim the first yellow jersey of the race.
The Tour continues on Sunday with the 27.6km team time trial around Brussels and concludes in Paris on July 28.