Chris Froome completed virtually one minute behind the leaders as his Tour de France preparations started with the primary stage of the Route d’Occitanie.
The British rider crossed the road in 70th place in southern France, 56 seconds behind winner Bryan Coquard.
Froome, the four-time winner who suffered a severe crash final summer season, is bidding to return to type in time for the beginning of the Tour on 29 August.
He faces competitors for choice for Staff Ineos from team-mate Egan Bernal.
The 23-year-old Colombian got here sixth in a dash end in France as Coquard took the opening stage from Elia Viviani and Sonny Colbrelli.
The Frenchman accomplished the 187km route from Saint-Affrique to Cazouls-les-Beziers in 4 hours 35 minutes.
The second of 4 levels begins in Carcassonne on Sunday.
Froome, 35, is set to go away Staff Ineos on the finish of the season after they determined to not renew his contract.
In the meantime, his Ineos team-mate Ivan Sosa received stage 5 of the Vuelta a Burgos as Belgium’s Remco Evenepoel took the general victory.
The Vuelta a Burgos was the primary main stage race to happen since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.