Today the Tour journeyed from Rotterdam to Brussels. And then they all fell down.
Which pretty much tells you everything you needed to know about Stage 1 of 2010 Tour de France. After a relatively quiet day, dog aside, the stage will be remembered for the crashes coming into the final stretch. The first crash took out the odds on favorite to win the stage, Mark Cavendish. The second crash essentially shut down the road. The third crash was just in front of the line. A strange day indeed, with the stage win going to Alessandro Petacchi. Because the crashes happened so close to the finish, all riders involved were awarded the same time and Cancellara held onto yellow. It appears at this point that there were no serious injuries.
For the next few days I will be drinking Belgian beer as tomorrow's stage stays in Belgium as well. In the fridge: Dupont Saison and Rodenbach Grand Cru.
The next decision will be what to do with Tuesday's stage that ends in Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, France. I expect that I will stay with beer as Internet research suggests that the region is renowned for its beer and jenever. Suggestions welcome.