Slovakia’s Peter Sagan (pictured) won the first stage of the Tour de France on Sunday, a 198-kilometer loop from Liège to Seraing in Belgium. Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara maintained the overall lead.
AP - Peter Sagan of Slovakia won the first stage of the Tour de France on Sunday and Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland retained the overall lead.
Title contenders Bradley Wiggins of Britain and defending champion Cadel Evans trailed close behind in the pack after the 198-kilometer loop from Liege to suburban Seraing featuring five low-grade climbs.
Sagan, at age 21 one of cycling’s most promising riders, placed his hands on his shoulders as he collected his first Tour stage win in a three-man sprint ahead of Cancellara in second and Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway in third.
Cancellara, who won the opening-day prologue, leads Wiggins overall by 7 seconds. France’s Sylvain Chavanel is third with the same time.
Defending champion Cadel Evans trails 17 seconds behind the Swiss leader.
Date created : 2012-07-01