"This is crazy. It was already something unbelievable to win a stage on my first participation to the Giro d'Italia last year and now it's the same at the Tour de France," said the AG2R rider after the victory.
"But we are optimistic because we know we can do it because we have a fantastic partnership with Tokyo and an equally strong partnership with Beijing," he added.
"It was a pity that we lost in stoppage time last game. We followed coach Van Bronckhorst's plan and all players focused on the game tonight, I'm glad to see that, and we deserved the win," said Saba.
Tournament director Guy Forget said that Roland Garros will be divided into three zones based on the three main courts, with 5,000 people each for the Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen courts. The zone surrounding the third biggest court Simonne Mathieu will be limited to 1,500 spectators a day.
Zhu said they had chances but need more luck in the following matches. "We had few time to adjust in the tournament-format competition. We will try our best in every single match."
"I'm very happy to play a tough game with such wonderful shuttler. I was not cautious enough today and I felt nervous on some key points. But generally I think I performed well," said Chen.
Beijing gained the upper hand at the beginning of the match, seeing Cedric Bakambu break the deadlock for the title favorites in the 23rd minute after collecting Zhang Yuning's long pass through a close range volley shot.
Other high-profile South Americans playing in the Chinese Super League include Brazilians Oscar (Shanghai SIPG), Hulk (Shanghai SIPG), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan) and Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), as well as Venezuela international striker Salomon Rondon (Dalian Pro). Enditem
The 33-year-old confirmed his U-turn in an interview with Goal.com, which comes 11 days after he rocked the footballing world by informing Barcelona that he wanted to leave the club he first joined 20 years ago.
"I got a slipstream, found a gap and timed my sprint perfectly," he said. "But this is more of a surprise than the last win."
In the men's One Hour event, Britain's and Olympic champion Mo Farah held off the challenge of his training partner, home athlete Bashir Abdi, to set a new mark of 21,330m - eclipsing the 2007 mark of 21,285m set by Haile Gebrselassie. Abdi finished eight meters behind. Enditem