Managers at other teams couldn’t agree who to blame or be angry with most.
Marc Madiot of French team FDJ.FR was forgiving of the bus driver but furious with race organizers for changing their mind about where to finish the stage.
But the sporting director for Contador’s Saxo-Tinkoff team, Philippe Mauduit, sided with the organizers.
‘‘It’s not the Tour’s fault if there’s a guy who doesn’t know the height of his bus,’’ he said.
‘‘What caused the problems was changing the finish,’’ said Mark Cavendish, the British sprinter who was counting on his great speed to win the stage but who instead was slowed by the crash. ‘‘It’s just carnage.’’
His Omega Pharma-Quick Step teammate Tony Martin suffered concussion in the crash. Peter Sagan of Cannondale, another rider who was expecting to challenge for the win, finished with sticking plasters covering cuts on both legs and his left elbow. Other riders also suffered cuts and bruises. Froome’s teammate Geraint Thomas flipped over his handlebars and ‘‘really whacked the back of his pelvis,’’ said Dave Brailsford, the Team Sky manager.
‘‘The goal for us is to get off this island in one piece, having lost no time,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s a much tougher ask than it may seem.’’
‘‘You don’t know what’s going to happen. But you know something is going to happen,’’ he added.
Perhaps as soon again as Sunday. The tricky second stage features four climbs along the 97-mile ride from Bastia to Ajaccio, crossing the island’s mountainous spine.
Before Saturday’s stage, French Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron met with a delegation of riders unhappy that pre-race media coverage of the race dwelt heavily on doping in cycling.
That was partly the fault of Lance Armstrong. The disgraced former champion now stripped of his seven Tour wins caused a stir by telling Le Monde that he couldn’t have won the race without doping.
AP Sports Writer Jerome Pugmire and Associated Press writer Jamey Keaten contributed to this report.