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Live Reporting

Steve Sutcliffe

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  1. Au revoir

    Alexander Kristoff

    Right that's me done for the day.

    Our report on Alexander Kristoff's superb stage one win in the Tour de France is being constructed here.

    But if you missed it earlier I'd also recommend reading our piece on Lizzie Deignan's dramatic win at La Course.

    The British rider really did produce the goods to edge out 2019 champion Marianne Vos on the line in that one.

    Thanks for joining me. I'll see you all tomorrow around 10:00 BST for stage two.

  2. Stage One results

    Stage one result:

    1. Alexander Kristoff (Nor/UAE-Team Emirates) 3hrs 46mins 23seconds

    2. Mads Pedersen (Den/Trek-Segafredo) Same time

    3. Cees Bol (Ned/Sunweb)

    4. Sam Bennett (Ire/Deceuninck-Quick Step)

    5. Peter Sagan (Slo/Bora-Hansgrohe

    6. Elia Viviani (Ita/Cofidis)

    7. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita/NTT)

    8. Bryan Coquard (Fra/B&B)

    9. Anthony Turgis (Fra/Total Direct Energie)

    10. Jasper Stuyen (Bel/Trek-Segafredo)

  3. 'Astana made themselves look stupid'

    Luke Rowe (left)

    More from Luke Rowe speaking to ITV 4: "While you want to race and put on the best show, at the same time you could see how many crashes there were with three descents being taken at very reasonable speeds.

    "Astana made themselves look stupid but apart from that Chapeau to everyone else."

  4. 'It's not rained here for months'

    Ineos Grenadiers road captain Luke Rowe speaking to ITV 4: "The problem was that it hasn’t rained here for two or three months and then you have one day where it rains and it’s like ice.

    "We had a couple of touchdowns but we have passed through it okay."

  5. Swift's mature ride

    Britain's Connor Swift also deserves a little plug after finishing 17th with a very mature ride on his Tour debut.

  6. Bernal home safely

    Defending champ Egan Bernal came home in 45th in the same time as Primoz Roglic and Tom Dumoulin.

    A satisfactory day's work.

  7. Post update

    Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic speaking to ITV 4: "We all just wanted to not do stupid things. You can still have a race and a sprint but it was not the intention of anyone to crash on the first day."

  8. Post update

    Ireland's Sam Bennett finished fourth just ahead of Peter Sagan.

  9. Pinot recovers to finish


    If you're wondering how Thibaut Pinot fared...

    The French hopeful crossed the line surrounded by his teammates at a very sedate pace. Hopefully he wasn't injured too badly.

  10. 'It was an amazing moment for me'

    Alexander Kristoff speaking to ITV4 (with mask on of course):

    "It's a yellow jersey. I always dreamt about wearing it. Now it is a dream coming true. You cannot dream of a better start. We did not expect to win the sprint but I felt really strong and coming to the line I thought I was going to win.

    "The boys kept me safe during the stage. I was sitting on [Peter] Sagan for a long time. At the end I was the strongest and it was an amazing moment for me.

    "It means a lot for my career. I am 33, have kids but I can still perform with the best."

  11. Alexander Kristoff win stage one


    What a brilliantly timed effort.

    The veteran Norwegian sprinter takes the first yellow jersey at this year's race.

    World champion Mads Pedersen finished second and Sunweb's Cees Bol was third.

  12. Post update

    Plenty of jostling for positioning...

    And here comes Alexander Kristoff.

    The UAE Team Emirates man is going to take this with a superb effort up the stretch.

  13. Post update

    The sprinters are lining up....

  14. Post update

    I don't think any of the main sprinters were affected by that crash.

    Thibaut Pinot's jersey is shredded mind.

  15. Ouch!

    Big crash. Wow. Movistar have got two or three on the deck.

    Thibuat Pinot is down. But his GC time is safe because the crash has taken place inside the 3km to go mark.

  16. Post update

    Edvald Boasson Hagen is doing a major turn for Giacomo Nizzolo at the front.

  17. Post update

    All the big players when it comes to the final sprint are there.

    Sam Bennett is tucked in behind team-mate Kasper Asgreen, Giacomo Nizzolo is there albeit without a full sprint train to support him and Wout van Aert is also up there.

    Italy's Elia Viviani is also in picture. What can the Cofidis man do?

  18. Post update

    This is winding up nicely as the peloton wheels through Les Baraques towards the finish.

    The roads look quite narrow but not quite as wet as they were earlier.