The riders of the 2010 Tour de France are now in Brussels after a Stage 1 that was filled with crashes. Fabian Cancellara retains the yellow jersey (signifying the overall Tour lead) that he captured in Saturday's prologue, while Alessandro Petacchi won the stage.
Here are the top ten finishers from Stage 1:
1. Alessandro Petacchi - Lampre-Farnese
2. Mark Renshaw - Team HTC-Columbia
3. Thor Hushovd - Cervelo Test Team
4. Robbie McEwen - Katusha Team
5. Matthieu Ladagnous - FDJ
6. Daniel Oss - Liquigas-Doimo
7. Jose Joaquin Rojas - Caisse D'Epargne
8. Christian Knees - Team Milram
9. Ruben Perez Moreno - Euskaltel-Euskadi
10. Jürgen Roelandts - Omega Pharma-Lotto
On Sunday, there were crashes, and a lot of them. Here's video:
And here's the breakdown of the breakdown from our cycling blog, Podium Cafe:
The Tour organizers threw a tricky finish on today's stage. With just under 3 kilometers to race, the road turned nearly 180 degress. That's never easy to navigate with 190 or so riders frothing for the finish. Watch the replay, and a white jerseyed rider loses his line as the road turns. It's been a difficult season so far for Mark Cavendish, and today, those difficulties continued. Maybe he missed the memo with the course info? But here, he seems to ride straight through the turn and into Mirko Lorenzetto of Lampre, sitting next to him. They then career into Oscar Freire and Jeremy Hunt of Cervélo TestTeam. Maybe we should just call him Crash from now on. That's two total Pinball moments in recent weeks.
The Tour resumes on Monday with Stage 3, which will take the riders through the hilly Ardennes. For more on all things Tour de France, head on over to Podium Cafe.