Tour de France: Mike Teunissen wins first stage

Mike Teunissen of the Netherlands has won the first stage in this year's Tour de France.

It's an exhilarating day in Belgium as the country cheers on the riders in the first day of this year's Tour de France. Shortly ahead of schedule Mike Teunissen of the Netherlands was first to cross the finish in Laken (City of Brussels).  Teunissen rides for the Jumbo-Visma team that includes Flemish supremo Wout van Aert.

Teunissen makes history.  He is the first Dutchman to take the yellow jersey in thirty years. He covered the stage in 4 hours 22 minutes 47 seconds. Peter Sagan of Slovakia was second.  Caleb Ewan of Australia finished third.

Brussels police estimate 100,000 people earlier witnessed the start of the race on the Koningsplein and the market square and even Manneken Pis was kitted out in his cycling gear and leader’s yellow jersey. 

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And of course Eddy Merckx is here too!

On Brussels market square Filip, King of Belgians, was among the well-wishers.  The national anthem was sung in French and Dutch at the same time.

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 A further 30,000 gathered at the Wall of Geraardsbergen including a gentleman who is the first to propose to his girlfriend during this Tour.