Casper Wins Stage 1 of Tour; Hincapie Takes Yellow Jersey
Jimmy Casper (Cofidis) has won Stage 1 of the Tour de France. The Frenchman took a bunch sprint to win the flat, 183-km ride in and around
From the start, the racing was fast and aggressive. At
When the break?s lead fell below 1:00, Beneteau set out alone. He led his erstwhile companions by 0:20 with nine km remaining. At that point, the bunch caught the break, and the field fought for bonus seconds at the day?s second intermediate sprint at Kehl. Hincapie grabbed 0:02 for third place in the sprint and virtual first place overall.
Quick Step lifted the tempo and reeled in Beneteau with seven km left. Filippo Pozzato (QuicK Step) led teammate Tom Boonen into the final km. With
Hushovd, who finished in ninth place, was sprinting along the barriers when a fan holding a promotional hand accidentally hit the Credit Agricole rider on the right arm and cut him. After crossing the finish line, Hushovd collapsed, was examined by Tour doctor Gerard Porte, and was rushed to a hospital. The Norwegian?s arm was stitched, and he is expected to continue racing.
In the overall, Hincapie leads Hushovd by 0:02 and David Zabriskie (CSC) by 0:06. Stage 3 could cause another change of race leadership. The 223-km run from