Cycling’s second major of the year. Part of three with the Vuelta a Espana coming up later I the season. Stage 1 was Brest to Landerneau 198km. This year’s you featuring the who’s who of world cycling from Primoz Roglic to defending champ Tadej Pogacar,Van der Poel to Peter Sagan you name it. There were six climbs but they were relatively manageable. An overzealous spectator used his sign board to cause early pain to the race.

What do guys like him want the organizers to do, construct barricades for the whole 198km?Some of us want to enjoy the race up close and personal. He is really a disgrace to us genuine fans of the sport. The cycling equivalent of the streaker in field sports. Tony Martin was taken out first by this clown followed by the rest of the bunch forcing one rider to abandon the tour. Tony resumed later though.

World Chanp Julian Alaphilippe with a memorable victory for France. The home favorite taking the race in just over 4hrs 38 mins attacking the final climb well despite a gash on his right leg. He really extended himself creating a big gap at the finish. This is a 21 stage tour so energy conservation is crucial. Mathews and Roglic second and third respectively in their finishes were part of the peloton chasing Julian at the end.