The peloton reacts to a chaotic opening day of the Tour

by Michael Better


The last hour of the opening stage of the 2021 Tour de France was interrupted by two horrific crashes that affected most of the peloton. The first was caused by an oblivious fan more interested in getting on TV than watching the race, and the second came deep into the last 10 km, bringing the stage to a premature end for much of the peloton.

However, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) gave France a reason to smile as he attacked early on the finishing climb to take a fantastic win and swapped rainbows for yellow on the podium.

We’ve gathered all the reactions from inside the peloton. They range from venting about the fan with the cardboard sign, to giving a status update after crashing, to soaking in their first day ever at the Tour.

Translation: “Make sure you don’t fall, guys.”

Editors Picks