Stage 1 | Mont Saint-Michel to Utah Beach | Tour de France 2016

Jul 02, 2016, 07:19 PM
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Mark Cavendish clinched the 27th Tour de France stage win of his career but the yellow jersey that came with it was his first.

This episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast reviews the opening stage of the Tour, from Mont Saint-Michel to Utah Beach in Normandy. The weather forecast predicted grey skies and wind but the skies were sunny and bright and although it was breezy, there was not enough to cause much chaos in the peloton.

The sprint finish saw Cavendish back to his best as he chose his moment perfectly to pass world champion Peter Sagan and hold off the two Germans Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel.

Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Caley Fretz of American magazine VeloNews to recap the first day of the race.

We hear from one of Cavendish’s Dimension Data team-mates, Bernhard Eisel, Australian Rohan Dennis, who won the opening stage time trial in Utrecht a year ago, and Team Sky’s Luke Rowe, who was still celebrating Wales’ win over Belgium at Euro 2016.

There’s also a first despatch from roving reporter Daniel Friebe in The Friebos File.

The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.