To the beginning of the 103. Tour de France, Paul Voss saves on the 1st stage, by winning the two category 4 climbs, polka dot jersey for the best KOM rider.
Shortly after the official start, Paul Voss and Jan Bárta attacked together with another rider and built the first breakaway of this year’s Tour de France. Just before the first KOM of the day, Paul decided to try and go on his own. After taking the first points, it was a 25 kilometre solo ride for him to also take the second mountain sprint of the day. Meanwhile another two riders closed on Jan and his companion. Just after the second KOM Paul waited for the other 4. The new 5 men breakaway had a gap of about 4 Minutes over the peloton.
For the final the race tactics were clearly built around the team’s sprinter Sam Bennett. Therefore, Paul Voss waited for the peloton to support Sam with about 75k to go. Jan Bárta remained in the leading group to present the BORA – ARGON 18 colours. But also his break was over with about 50k to go.
Sadly, the stage finish was not as positive as its beginning for the team. Sam was involved in a crash with about 250m to go and hit the ground hard. He was able to cross the line on his bike afterwards, but was taken to hospital for further examination.
“At the moment we just know about the extensive abrasions on the shoulder. Further examinations have to be done now in the hospital.” – Jan-Niklas Droste, medical team
“At first I thought that it was a stupid idea to attack before the first climb and then go on a 25k solo, but when I realized that I can win the polka dot jersey I gave it everything. Now I´m so proud and so happy that I will wear this pretty jersey at the second stage of the Tour de France tomorrow! “– Paul Voss