“As all my team mates said in the past days to me, it was a super fast and nervous first stage and I’m happy that everything went well and we all have crossed the finish line with the front group” explained Aru.
Answering to a question on Contador's fall in today stage, Aru said: “I didn’t see Alberto falling down so I cannot say much about… I’m sorry for his crash and I hope he will not have serious consequences”.
“The start from a charming place as Mont-Saint-Michel has been very emotional, then all the crowds at the sides of the race route all along the 188 km… really impressive, I’m happy to be here!” concluded the captain of the Astana Pro Team.
The first stage of the 2016 Tour de France has been won by the British Mark Cavendish, first in a bunch sprint. The stage has been characterized by the strong wind and by some falls, along the stage and also in the final sprint.
Tomorrow, second stage from Saint-Lo to Cherbourg-en Cotentin (183 km) with a short uphill final to the Cote de La Glacerie, (1,9 km with a point at 14% gradient) very suitable for the most powerful riders of the peloton.