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Defending champion Geraint Thomas crashes on opening stage in Tour de France
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Defending champion Geraint Thomas crashes on opening stage in Tour de France

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Paris, Jul 7: Team Ineos cyclist and last year's Tour de France winner crashed on this first day of this year's tour in Brussels, Belgium as Dutch rider Mike Teunissen claimed a surprise victory.

"I'm fine. We were through the three kilometers to go mark so slowly drifting back to just get a bit of space, so if there was a crash, we avoided it but ran out of road. It happens." Thomas shared with media after the stage, "I'm all good and happy to get that [first stage] out of the way. One down, 20 to go."

Due to Thomas falling inside the final 3km, he will not lose any significant time to his rivals as he was classified with the group of riders he was riding with at that mark.

Heading into day two, Teunissen will have the yellow jersey and is the first rider from the Netherlands to hold the honor since Erik Breukink in 1989.

A surprise win for the Dutchman of team Jumbo-Visma saw him pip the experienced Peter Sagan to the line by centimeters.

Earlier in the race one of the pre-stage favorites and teammate of Teunisson, Dylan Groenewegen was involved in a bigger crash that caused Thomas to fall while trying to avoid to fracas.

The tour now stays in Brussels for the second stage, a team time trial through the streets of the Belgian capital.

Defending tour champions, Team Ineos, recently renamed from Team Sky, will look to secure a good result with a team of excellent time trialists. (UNI-Xinhua)