Tour de France: Chris Froome happy to get through chaotic first stage safely
Last Updated: June 29, 2013 7:05pm
Chris Froome: Lucky day in the saddle for Tour de France favourite
Team Sky leader Chris Froome was thankful to get through a chaotic opening day of the Tour de France.
Froome's day started badly with a minor crash before the race had even started, but he narrowly avoided the late incident that saw a number of leading sprinters and rival Alberto Contador brought down.
All riders were given the same time, but it was not the start Contador would have hoped for, even if his injuries were only superficial.
Team Sky's main worry was over Geraint Thomas, who came down in the late crash, while former British champion Ian Stannard also fell but both were given the all-clear, Thomas suffering a bruised hip but nothing more serious.
Froome said: "I managed to get through the rest of the day unscathed and if that is the only crash I have this Tour I will take that.
"I don't think any of us expected it was going to be plain sailing today, but there were some pretty brutal crashes in the final there.
"Again, it is just another reminder that this Tour is about so much more than having the form and being here. It is about staying out of trouble and looking after ourselves in the peloton at the same time.
"I felt like guys were crashing all around me but I managed to pick my way through and chase to get back on just in time for the final.
"There was some uncertainty there in the final but the main thing is that most of us have come through all right. 'G' has gone to have some checks. He looks Ok but it is better to be on the safe side."