Over 180 riders kicked off the Tour de France today. We predicted Alejandro Valverde will win, and he took control of the tour today with a stage 1 victory. We’re expecting a Paris finish with Valverde in yellow, followed by Cadel Evans, Damiano Cunego and Carlos Sastre. Here’s where those riders finished today:
1. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne 4:36:07
6. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto 0:01
14. Carlos Sastre (ESP), CSC at 0:07
21. Damiano Cunego (ITA), Lampre 0:07
And the top American rider, Christian Vande Velde is in 18th place.
Valverde’s 1 second lead over Cadel Evans obviously isn’t a lot, but it means Valverde’s team will be controlling the race tomorrow. This is a good position strategically and wil be interesting to see if Valverde’s team can keep him in yellow.