Norway's Alexander Kristoff won the opening stage of the Tour de France in slippery conditions Saturday in Nice.
Kristoff outsprinted Danish world champion Mads Pedersen at the finish of the 156-kilometer (97-mile) stage. Cees Bol of the Netherlands was third.It was the fourth career stage win for the 33-year-old Kristoff.
France's Thibaut Pinot was involved in a crash with three kilometers to go. Other riders involved in wrecks in the rainy weather included pre-stage favorites Sam Bennett of Belgium, Giacamo Nizzolo of Italy and Australia's Caleb Ewan.
Sunday's Stage 2 is a 186-kilometer (116-mile) trek from Nice Haut Pays to Nice.
The 23-day, 21-stage cycling event was originally scheduled to begin June 27 but was delayed due to health and safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic. The competition concludes on Sept. 20 in Paris.