The first stage, to Sainte-Marie-du-Mont in Normandy, ended in a bunch sprint as expected. The final sprint was marred by a crash, but Mark Cavendish was not to be disturbed and outsprinted Marcel Kittel, Peter Sagan and André Greipel.
Just behind these world-class riders, the Belgian Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) claimed 5th place, enough to take the first white jersey. This meant he was called to the podium after the stage, to put on the white tricot. He may lose it again tomorrow, when the stage ends in an uphill finish, but has shown the world what he is capable of. "I am happy I had my day of fame. It was fantastic to be on that podium."
"I had started this Tour with the ambition to see how far I could get. I was dreaming of more 500 metres from the finish, but in fact I had to ride my own sprint just to keep the wheel of the top sprinters."
In the absence of a prologue, a traditional short time trial to kick off the Tour, Cavendish also took the yellow jersey. Theuns is 5th in the GC.