The first stage in the Pyrenees immediately claimed a big victim among the favorites. For Thibaut Pinot it went too fast on the first steep sections of the Port de Balès. The French hope had to give up.
Pinot suffered from his back after the Dauphiné and also fell heavily in the opening stage in Nice at 3 kilometers from the finish. While climbing the Port de Balès, the Frenchman occasionally tried to relax his back.
The leader of Groupama-FDJ was met by his team mates for a long agony towards Loudenvielle.