A total of 176 drivers from 22 teams competed in the opening round, departing from Brussels’s Central Square, past Charleroi, Waterloo and several other Belgian cities, before finishing at the Palace. Laeken royal family on the outskirts of Brussels.
As a result, Jumbo-Visma’s driver Mike Teunissen from the Netherlands was the first to finish to win the yellow shirt after the first leg. The spectacular sprint in the final stage gave the 1992-born racer a convincing victory after 4 hours 22 minutes and 47 seconds, four seconds faster than the performance of second-place runner Peter Sagan of the team. Bora-Hansgrohe.
The Dutch driver, Mike Teunissen, excelled in winning a yellow shirt after the opening stage of the Tour de France 2019.
Coming in third was Lotto-Soudal’s Caleb Ewan trailing, more than the six-second winning record. In the meantime, Ineos defending champion Geraint Thomas kicked off his journey to defend the title badly, not even being named among the top athletes after the first leg.
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