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TDF 2014 - Stage 1 Report & Photos
By Mark Sharon
Date: 7/5/2014
TDF 2014 - Stage 1 Report & Photos
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Tour de France 2014 - 5-27 July

6 July, 2014

Stage 1: Leeds - Harrogate, 190.5km

Cavendish hopes end in Crash while Kittel Triumphs

A crash at 200m to go ended the dream of a Cavendish home win. As the race wound up to a climax in Harrogate the Manxman collided with Simon Gerrans bringing both of them to the ground. Marcel Kittel avoided the mayhem to take the stage win ahead of Peter Sagan and Ramunas Navardauskas.

Marcel Kittel celebrates Stage 1 Victory © Mark Sharon

Royal Send-'Awf'

Estimates ranged from a million to over two million spectators lining the roads of Yorkshire to welcome the Tour de France. Statistics didn't do the sheer overwhelming support enjoyed by the riders as the made their way from City Centre Leeds in a procession to the official start at Harewood House some 8 miles north. The roads were lined several people deep for the first half of the section, while 30,000 plus were on hand at Harewood to support the official start by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, HRHs Prince William and Kate, supported by a fly past by the RAF's Red Arrows aerobatics team.

Voigt delights the crowds

Almost immediately Race Director Christian Prudhomme dropped the flag to start the 101st Tour de France three men were off the front, Jens Voigt (Trek), Nicolas Edet(Cofidis), and Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne Seche-Envronnement). It was so obvious in hindsight that Voigt were chance it. The 41 year old German the peloton's oldest rider, is taking on his 17th and last Tour de France.

The three worked together to build up a lead of nearly four minutes. Voigt was clearly confident of his legs' ability to carry through one day of glory and on the approach to the second of the stage's three points scoring he had struck out alone. The scenes on the Cote de Buttertubs pushed the French commentators to unforced exclamations of amazements. The entire hillside was seething screaming mass of fans so dense and loud they put any Alpine or Pyreneean climb to shame.

TV shot showing the immense rowds on Buttertubs © France 2

Acknowledging later that he was unlikely to stay away he drove himself over the limit to reach the final climb alone and grab another two points to secure the polka dot jersey of mountain leader.

With 60km to go Voigt's day was done and the peloton had regrouped for the final showdown. The organisers had done their best to mix it up for the finish with a steep run to the line. A late attack by Fabian Cancellara (Trek) got the crowds roaring but the stakes were too high. Cavendish was the crowds favourite and his teammate had delivered him as best they could. Cavendish perhaps in a moment of haste which is team manager put down to being too focussed tred to go through a hole that didn't exist collided with Gerrans and the rest is painful memory.

The crash brought out a loud gasp from the crowd which included British Prime Minister David Cameron and the Royals,who asked the collective question 'who crashed?' and just as soon realised with the appearance of Kittel and just a few others contesting the sprint, that Cavendish was a victim of the crash.

Marcel Kittel flanked by Prince Harry, The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William © Mark Sharon

Mark Cavendish in pain crossing the line © Mark Sharon

Update: Mark Cavendish was taken to hospital where x-rays and an MRI scan revealed he had separated the acromio-clavicle joint but has not broken any bones. A decision will be taken in the morning as to whether he can race.

Race Route for 2014

2014 Tour de France Race Route

2014 Tour de France Race Route

Stage List

Stage date To - From Length
Stage 1 Jul 5 Leeds - Harrogate 191 km
Stage 2 Jul 6 York - Sheffield 198 km
Stage 3 Jul 7 Cambridge - London 159 km
Stage 4 Jul 8 Le Touquet - Paris-Plage 164 km
Stage 5 Jul 9 Ypres - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut 156 km
Stage 6 Jul 10 Arras - Reims 194 km
Stage 7 Jul 11 Épernay - Nancy 233 km
Stage 8 Jul 12 Tomblaine - Gérardmer La Mauselaine 161 km
Stage 9 Jul 13 Gérardmer - Mulhouse 166 km
Stage 10 Jul 14 Mulhouse - La Planche des Belles Filles 161 km
Rest Day 1 Jul 15 Besançon
Stage 11 Jul 16 Besançon - Oyonnax 186 km
Stage 12 Jul 17 Bourg-en-Bresse - Saint-Étienne 183 km
Stage 13 Jul 18 Saint-Étienne - Chamrousse 200 km
Stage 14 Jul 19 Grenoble - Risoul 177 km
Stage 15 Jul 20 Tallard - Nîmes 222 km
Rest Day 2 Jul 21 Carcassonne
Stage 16 Jul 22 Carcassonne - Bagnères-de-Luchon 237 km
Stage 17 Jul 23 Saint-Gaudens - Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet 125 km
Stage 18 Jul 24 Pau - Hautacam 145 km
Stage 19 Jul 25 Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour - Bergerac 208 km
Stage 20 Jul 26 Bergerac - Périgueux (ITT) 54 km
Stage 21 Jul 27 Évry - Paris Champs-Élysées 136 km


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Stage 1 Results

1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 4:44:07
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale  
3 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Sharp  
4 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar  
5 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
6 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky  
7 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha  
8 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling  
9 José Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
10 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge  
11 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing  
12 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura  
13 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
14 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
15 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
16 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
17 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky  
18 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol  
19 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
20 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol  
21 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
22 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo  
23 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp-Endura  
24 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team  
25 Janier Alexis Acevedo Calle (Col) Garmin - Sharp  
26 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura  
27 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
28 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky  
29 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
30 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
31 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida  
32 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  
33 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing  
34 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
35 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
36 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
37 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
38 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
39 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
40 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
41 Thibaut Pinot (Fra)  
42 Arthur Vichot (Fra)  
43 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin - Sharp  
44 Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
45 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team  
46 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo  
47 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
48 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team Sky  
49 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura  
50 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team  
51 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling  
52 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
53 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp-Endura  
54 Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
55 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling  
56 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
57 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin - Sharp  
58 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
59 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
60 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
61 Arnaud Demare (Fra)  
62 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge  
63 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team  
64 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre - Merida  
65 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre - Merida  
66 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
67 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
68 John Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team  
69 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
70 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team  
71 Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing  
72 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
73 José Serpa (Col) Lampre - Merida  
74 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
75 Markel Irizar Arranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing  
76 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha  
77 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
78 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling  
79 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
80 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
81 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
82 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
83 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky  
84 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing  
85 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale  
86 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
87 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
88 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
89 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
90 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
91 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
92 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto-Belisol  
93 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano  
94 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling  
95 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra)  
96 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
97 Benjamin King (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
98 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
99 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
100 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
101 Jérémy Roy (Fra)  
102 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
103 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
104 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team  
105 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
106 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
107 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
108 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky  
109 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
110 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Belisol  
111 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
112 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
113 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha  
114 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol  
115 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto-Belisol  
116 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale  
117 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
118 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano  
119 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling  
120 Cedric Pineau (Fra)  
121 William Bonnet (Fra)  
122 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale  
123 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
124 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
125 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
126 Rafael Valls (Spa) Lampre - Merida  
127 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team  
128 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team  
129 Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing  
130 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky  
131 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - Merida  
132 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha  
133 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
134 Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team  
135 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
136 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale  
137 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo  
138 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra)  
139 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
140 José Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team Netapp-Endura  
141 Mickaël Delage (Fra)  
142 Christian Meier (Can) Orica Greenedge  
143 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
144 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
145 Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
146 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
147 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
148 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling  
149 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura  
150 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar  
151 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
152 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
153 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
154 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
155 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
156 Jesus Alberto Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo  
157 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
158 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
159 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
160 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha  
161 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Cannondale  
162 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
163 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin - Sharp  
164 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica Greenedge  
165 Lars Bak (Den) Lotto-Belisol 0:01:28
166 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky 0:01:30
167 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha  
168 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo  
169 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team Netapp-Endura  
170 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
171 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:50
172 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
173 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:01:54
174 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale 0:02:05
175 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale  
176 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge  
177 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
178 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:02:15
179 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:02:22
180 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
181 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:02:25
182 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto-Belisol 0:02:29
183 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto-Belisol  
184 Edward King (USA) Cannondale  
185 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling 0:02:39
186 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
187 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
188 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
189 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team Netapp-Endura 0:03:11
190 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp  
191 Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Shimano 0:03:37
192 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
193 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:03:47
194 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
195 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:08:52
196 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
197 Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre - Merida 0:14:09
198 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  


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