The peloton reacts to a chaotic opening day of the Tour
The last hour of the opening stage of the 2021 Tour de France was interrupted by two horrific crashes that affected most of the peloton. The first was caused by an oblivious fan more interested in getting on TV than watching the race, and the second came deep into the last 10 km, bringing the stage to a premature end for much of the peloton.
However, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) gave France a reason to smile as he attacked early on the finishing climb to take a fantastic win and swapped rainbows for yellow on the podium.
We’ve gathered all the reactions from inside the peloton. They range from venting about the fan with the cardboard sign, to giving a status update after crashing, to soaking in their first day ever at the Tour.
I hope Omi & Opi are proud of you..
On a serious note though; great to see still many spectators are loving our sport and cheering for us, but please, stay on the side of the road, not on the road! pic.twitter.com/0sU4yKR3nk
— Jasper Stuyven (@Jasperstuyven) June 26, 2021
Not how I planned for today to go but I managed to finish. Off for some scans 🤞I will update this evening.
I hope everyone else who came down is okay 🙏 #TDF2021
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) June 26, 2021
When I was still excited 😁 not the best day for us, but it could have been a lot worse as well.
I enjoyed my first day in 🇧🇪 untill the big crash. Let’s hope everybody heals up and can continue the race 🤞🏼
To the fans: we love you but please be more careful! https://t.co/IfzM1Be20G
— Wout van Aert (@WoutvanAert) June 26, 2021
— Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) June 26, 2021
— Oliver naesen (@OliverNaesen) June 26, 2021
Translation: “Make sure you don’t fall, guys.”
Los inicios aquí suelen ser así. En mi caso, por fortuna, sólo pequeños rasguños en el brazo. Mucho ánimo a los afectados, espero que no haya lesiones graves y que nos veamos todos mañana en salida.
🙏🏻 Mucha precaución a los espectadores en carrera por favor.
— alejandro valverde (@alejanvalverde) June 26, 2021
This was a real TDF opening 😳More than happy to have stayed upright. I hope everyone involved in crashes is more or less okay 🙏
— Matej Mohoric (@matmohoric) June 26, 2021
Bit of skin off – stuff grows back
Thoroughly enjoyed my first day apart from that. https://t.co/R2nSNtHzAS
— Harry Sweeny (@harry_sweeny) June 26, 2021
Well that was some start of @LeTour …. 3 crashes for me in 1 day🤕🤕🤕 Hope the damage for the riders involved is not too big🤞
For myself, some scratches and a very painful left calf… we’ll see tomorrow! #LooneyTheuns #TDF2021 pic.twitter.com/aadNgGhAfJ
— Edward Theuns (@EdwardTheuns) June 26, 2021
A very nervous start of the Tour like usual.
I was luckily able to avoid the last big crash but lost contact with the first group! On to the next one!
— Philippe Gilbert (@PhilippeGilbert) June 26, 2021
Hope every rider who crashed is oké. Speedy recovery to the injured ones. (Fans, please stay off the roads. And if you want to pay attention to your opi and omi, visit them.) https://t.co/17giHYUYlU
— Richard Plugge (@RichardPlugge) June 26, 2021
Mensaje para los verdaderos aficionados😉🙌🏻 , cuando veas un “aficionado“ haciendo estupideces como está 🤬por favor intenta recriminárselo antes de que nos ponga en peligro . Lo que es evidente …se ve que para alguno no lo es . Espero estén bien los afectados . pic.twitter.com/nQMf3HgW38
— Carlos Barbero (@BarberoCbc) June 26, 2021
Much strenght and speedy recovery to all those injured in the falls today during the @LeTour
— Jonathan Castroviejo (@jcastroviejo) June 26, 2021
— Mike Teunissen (@MikeTeunissen) June 26, 2021
It took me half a stage to remember how crazy the tour is .
Involved in a crash within the last 10k but feeling Ok.
On to tomorrow!
— Jasper De Buyst (@JasperDeBuyst) June 26, 2021
“We feared for Lorenzo Rota and Georg Zimmermann, who crashed at over 70 km/h, but thankfully all our riders will start tomorrow and continue to fight in this Tour de France” 👊
— Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert (@IntermarcheWG) June 26, 2021
First day of the tour ✅
Eventful as ever. Happy to get through those two brutal crashes. Unfortunately Richie and Tao got caught up, but luckily they are all good 💪
— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) June 26, 2021
First day of Le Tour, and a fan crashes the whole bunch 🤦🏻♂️ Ended up with stitches in my arm, and a lot of pain in my shoulder, but thankfully no fractures. The adventure continues! @AG2RCITROENTEAM @LeTour
— Ben O’Connor (@ben_oconnor95) June 26, 2021
— Kasper Asgreen (@k_asgreen) June 26, 2021
— Team BikeExchange (@GreenEDGEteam) June 26, 2021