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The BMC Racing Team avoided trouble on a dangerous day at the Tour. (Tim de Waele photo.)
The BMC Racing Team avoided trouble on a dangerous day at the Tour. (Tim de Waele photo.)

Tour de France, Stage 1: Dangerous Day

4. July 2010

Brussels, Belgium

The BMC Racing Team did its best to stay out of trouble Sunday on the opening road stage of the Tour de France – one that featured multiple crashes and pile-ups.

Evans Avoids Trouble
American Brent Bookwalter said a lot of crashes early in the 223-kilometer race were caused by spectators crowding too close to the peloton. In one instance, a dog ran across the road. "It was just a really dangerous, stressful stage," U.S. national champion George Hincapie said. "Cadel (Evans) made it through safely, so that's good." Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese) won the stage, avoiding two crashes on the finishing straight.