Affectionately called “The Race to the Sun,” the week-long stage race makes it way down through the heart of France to the Mediterranean Sea, noted for its abundance of sunshine.
The Dutch champion wins for the second time this season, to deny Viviani and Trentin, in bunch sprint to open five-day race, in Portugal.
New WorldTour status for the women's race and heated competition on the men's side see the CEGORR finding its spot on the calendar
Viviani takes 75th career win after crash on two kilometers to go reduced the field.
The final sprint battle in Paris is as much a test of positioning through the vital final chicane and a rider's ability to endure 20 grueling stages as it is of their top top-end speed.
Just three flat stages remain at this year's Tour de France, and the race's pure sprinters must survive the hills and hight mountains to reach them