Stage 1, July 7th: The day’s race commenced at Noirmoutier– en- L’Ile and comprised of a 201-kilometre race on a predominantly coastal route. The final 10 kilometers of the race saw multiple crashes and mechanical incidents, causing several riders, including Richie Porte, Chris Froome and Adam Yates, to lose on timing and fall behind. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-step Floors) emerged victorious after a dramatic sprint finish at Fontenay – le – Comte. In second place was Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) finished third.
Stage 2, July 8th: The days race commenced at Mouilleron-Saint-Germain and comprised of a 182.5km route that was flat with just one category 4 climb in the beginning. 90km into the 2nd Stage saw the first exit of this year’s Tour De France – Tsgabu Grmay (Trek Segafredo) had to drop out of the race owing to severe abdominal pain. The day’s race came to an end at La Roche-sur-Yon with a crash 2km from the finish line, that took many riders from the peloton out of contention for the win, including stage 1 winner, Gaviria. The end of this day saw Peter Sagan emerge victorious, winning his 10th TDF Stage. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) came in second, followed by Arnaud Demare (Groupama – FDJ) who finished third.