Stage 1 recap…
Alejandro Valverde is your yellow jersey holder after stage 1. This is the first time since 1978 that there has been no prologue so that the winner of the first day of racing holds the yellow.
What a great race. It came down to the last .5 kilometers after the peloton roped in the breakaway within the last 10KM and was an impressive display of power by all riders. These riders were coming home at over 40 miles an hour! WOW! They flashed in on the power profile of one rider and he was holding at 770 watts…at the end of a 120 mile stage! Absolutely unbelievable. I can’t even fathom being able to put out that much power for an extended period of time, let alone at the end of a 120 mile day.
Valverde came out of nowhere within the last few seconds of the race to pass up another breakaway rider to take the yellow. At least the other riders can’t claim they didn’t see him coming: his bike is painted bright orange and yellow and looks like it’s more suited for a Carnival than the tour.
If today’s stage is any indication of the racing to come, it’s going to be a great tour!