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Tour de France 2019: Stage 1 in pictures

Rank outsider Mike Teunissen won a chaotic opening stage of the Tour de France on Saturday after a collision in the final kilometre blew the bunch sprint wide open in Brussels.

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Tour de France 2019. Stage 1 – Brussels – 194,5 km. Photo: ASO
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Tour de France 2019. Stage 1 – Brussels – 194,5 km. Photo: ASO

Defending champion Geraint Thomas of Ineos was caught up in that late fall, caused by Teunissen’s teammate sprinter Dylan Groenewegen, but the Welshman said he was unscathed back at his team bus.

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Tour de France 2019. Stage 1 – Brussels – 194,5 km. Photo: ASO
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Tour de France 2019. Stage 1 – Brussels – 194,5 km. Photo: ASO
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Tour de France 2019. Stage 1 – Brussels – 194,5 km. Photo: ASO

The 26-year-old Jumbo-Visma suprise winner Teunissen becomes the first yellow-jersey holder on the 2019 Tour and the first Dutchman to lead the race since Erik Breukink 30 years ago.

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Tour de France 2019. Stage 1 – Brussels- 194,5 km. Photo: ASO

He also becomes the 267th ever yellow jersey wearer on the centenary of the introduction of the overall leader’s jersey.

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Tour de France 2019. Stage 1 – Brussels – 194,5 km. Photo: ASO
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Tour de France 2019. Stage 1 – Brussels – 194,5 km. Photo: ASO

Stage 2 is a team time trial, one which many believe could set a new record.

Additional reporting by AFP.

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