An on-board camera attached to the bike of Lotto-Soudal rider Jasper De Buyst captured Chris Froome's spectacular crash on the opening stage of the Tour de France this afternoon.
The crash happened less than 10 kilometres from the end of the 201-kilometre stage and leaves Froome 51 seconds down on some of his rivals in the overall standings.
#TDF2018 got off to a fast start with a sprint finish and plenty of drama, including a crash for @teamsky’s @chrisfroome, who remounted and finished to limit his losses on the opening stage. #tourdefrance #cycling #chrisfroome #teamsky #VelonLive #FeelTheBurn #roadcycling #procycling #grandtours #racing #riders
The stage was wn by Quick Step Floors rider Fernando Gaviria, making his debut on the race, the 23-year-old claiming the first yellow jersey of this year's edition.
Read our report on the stage here.
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