Viviani Gutted To Miss Yellow-Jersey Opportunity At Tour De France

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on stage at the Tour de France presentation in Brussels

Elia Viviani and the Deceuninck-QuickStep team had been dreaming of a far better result in the opening sprint of the Tour de France in Brussels. The Belgian team wanted to add another prestigious win to their season tally and wanted to pull on the first yellow jersey of the race in their capital city. But a shuffle in the peloton in the final kilometres cost them dear, derailed their lead-out train and meant that Viviani could only finish ninth, well down on surprise winner Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma). Deceuninck-QuickStep helped Viviani bounce back and rebuild his moral after the frustrations of the Giro d'Italia. They selected as strong team to protect him and lead him out but in a split second his chances were lost. Viviani lost the wheel of his lead-out train and so had to fight single-handedly for position. Michael Morkov and Max Richeze could be seen on the ...

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