Frederic Moncassin of France emerged from a crowded sprint to the finish and captured the Tour de France’s first stage. The top of the overall standings remained unchanged.
Moncassin scored his first career Tour de France stage win by covering the flat, 129.6-mile course around this wind-whipped town southeast of Amsterdam in 5 hours, 1 second.
Alex Zulle, last year’s overall runner-up, retained the leader’s yellow jersey he gained in the prologue. He’s trailed closely by five-time defending champion Miguel Indurain and a handful of cyclists given shot at ending the Spaniard’s reign.