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Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe recovered from a crash to win the first stage of the Tour de France, an incident-strewn 197.8-kilometer ride from Brest, to take the inaugural leader’s yellow jersey on Saturday.

The world champion burst away from the main pack with 2.3 km remaining of a brutal climb up to the Cote de la Fosse aux Loups, and none of his rivals could match his power.

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