Le Tour de France Stage One offered one of the most iconic starts in Tour history with the picturesque start in Mont Saint Michael. BORA - Argon 18’s Paul Voss rode an aggressive race to earn the KOM jersey, the team’s first ever Tour de France leader jersey. Voss rode the Argon 18 Nitrogen Pro bike for the flat and aggressive stage.
“The 25km when we went was pretty hard but I realized I had to keep going to secure the second KOM. I didn’t want to wait to the finish line to count points. My goal was to earn a jersey so I am of course happy. I am looking forward to wearing the jersey tomorrow,” Voss said.
BORA - Argon 18's Jan Barta and Paul Voss reacted quickly to jump away just after the flag had dropped to start the 103rd edition of the race. The duo was quickly joined by Leigh Howard (IAM Cycling). Alex Howes (Cannondale-Drapac) and Anthony Delapace (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) reacted and gave chase while the peloton sat up and allowed the quintet to ride away.
With two fourth-category climbs coming early on, the contest for the King of the Mountains jersey was on. Approaching the climbs, the BORA - Argon 18 duo used the team advantage. Barta delivered the initial thrust and Howard chased, only to see Voss counter and grab the single point available on the summit of the Côte d'Avraches and then the Côte des Falaises de Champeux.
“The team had a plan and they executed it perfectly. Paul rode a very strong stage. A good success of a leader jersey early on in a race like the Tour de France is very positive. The riders have showed that they’re here to get results and they will fight for it at every opportunity,” Gervais Rioux, Argon 18’s CEO and Founder.