The first stage of the Sazka Tour was won by Runer Herregodts. He made it to the finish after an early break and then beat his fellow escapees in the sprint. Herregodts is also the first leader of the 4-day stage race.
Herregodts was part of a 5-man breakaway in a stage that was dubbed as a sprinter’s stage. However, the sprinters’ teams came too short as they couldn’t reel in the 5 leaders and crossed the finish line more than 20 seconds later.
In the sprint with his 4 companions, Herregodts was the strongest and took his second season victory. He also won the opening stage of the Ruta del Sol earlier this year and got to wear the first leader's jersey.