2010 Tour de France Stage 1 Recap: Three Crashes In Final Three KM

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Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese) won Sunday’s stage 1 of the 2010 Tour de France, dodging at least three crashes in the final three kilometers that took pre-race favorites Mark Cavendish (Oakley), Tyler Farrar and Oscar Freire out of the mix.

Oakley’s Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) retained the yellow jersey he took with his dominating win in Saturday’s prologue in Rotterdam. The Swiss TT ace did hit the pavement, though.

“At the end I couldn’t do anything. I had to brake hard, and ended up doing a bit of a somersault once I landed,” said Cancellara, who admitted he was slowly starting to feel the pain of his tumble. “Now with the time passing I feel like my shoulder and my whole left side are hurting.”

Oakley Stage Results:
2. Mark Renshaw, HTC-Columbia
3. Thor Hushovd, Cervelo
4. Robbie McEwen, Katusha Team

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July 05, 2010