FERNANDO GAVIRIA, WINNER AND FIRST LEADER OF THE TOUR OF FRANCE
BOGOTÁ. Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) made his debut in the Tour de France and he did it in a big way: winning and dressing as a leader in the dawn of the most important race in the world, the one with which he always dreamed since he began to devote his life to world of cycling.
The 23-year-old runner, born in La Ceja (Antioquia), beat the best sprinters in the world in the fraction of 201 kilometers that joined the towns of Noirmountier and Fontenay Le Comte, a place that will mark a historic milestone for Colombian cycling, that until the irruption of the portentous sprinter he had only seen in yellow the Santandereano Víctor Hugo Peña, in the 2003 edition.
Gaviria celebrated his first victory in the Grand Boucle, leaving on the way the Slovakian Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) and the German Marcel Kittel (Katusha), who last season, being his partner in the Quick Step, won five victories in the round French The Colombian raised his arms after four hours, 23 minutes and 22 seconds.
For the Antioquia is the fifth win in great laps. In the Tour of Italy 2017, - also being a rookie - he won four partial victories and the title of the points classification. In the Tour he has put the icing on a spectacular race that also includes four world track titles. (www.federacioncolombianadeciclismo.com)
TEN FIRST CLASSIFICATION STAGE 1 (201 KM).
1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors 4:23:32
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
3. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
5. Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
6. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
7. Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
8. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
9. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
10. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe