Stage 1 of Le Tour de France took off yesterday in Leeds at 12:00 pm (local time). Prince William, Prince Henry and the Duchess of Cambridge officiated the event, which marked the second time in history that the tour was set in England.
The race did not end well for Mark Cavendish who crashed just 250 meters from the finish line giving the win to Marcel Kittle. The first stage of the 21 days event was a 190.5 km race to Harrogate. Cavendish apparently suffered from ligament ruptures and may not be able to race the second stage of the tour. The crashed occurred 250m from the finish line as Cavendish tried to push his way through Australian’s Simon Garrans hitting the tarmac hard with his head and shoulders. According to Cavendish’s Omega-Pharma-Quickstep team, x-rays had shown ligament ruptures with a dislocation at the acromioclavicular or AC joint causing him a lot of pain. The final decision on Cavendish’s participation in the next stage will be made on Sunday morning (local time). Cavendish said, ‘It was my fault. I’ll personally apologise to Simon Gerrans as soon as I get the chance.”
With Britain’s Cavendish out of the way, Marcel Kittle will lead in the Yellow Jersey and 24 year old Peter Sagan in the White. German Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) held a three-minute advantage securing the polka-dot King of the Mountains jersey at Cote de Grinton Moor. The peloton caught up with him 10km later. At 42 and on his 17th tour, Voigt is the oldest man in the peloton.
The next stage will cover 201km hilly route from York to Sheffield.
For the full schedule http://www.letour.com/le-tour/2014/us/overall-route.html