Lampaert and Pogacar have hit hard, Thomas passes

The surprise Yves Lampaert in Copenhagen, the Danish audience, Pogacar who stands but also the disappointment Geraint Thomas, find the Tops and Flops of the first stage of the Tour de France.

In Copenhagen


Yves Lampaert, a member of the team in the spotlight

5e time gained for the Belgian Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) who has managed to take advantage of the conditions to deprive Wout van Aert of the yellow jersey. He is the first Belgian to wear the yellow jersey at the opening of the Grande Boucle after an individual exercise timed since Eric Vanderaerden, in 1983, in Fontenay-sous-Bois. Lampaert (31), world team time trial champion in 2016 and 2018, Belgian runner-up in time trial (behind Evenepoel) this year, also 3e The Paris-Roubaix in 2019 took advantage of milder conditions than the big favorites who left in the rain. A bit like Jacky Durand, in 1995 during the prologue to Saint-Brieuc.

Danish passion in Copenhagen

The rain that began to fall two hours before the departure of the first pilot, the Frenchman Jérémy Lecrocq (B&B Hôtels-KTM), did not turn off the atmosphere. Caps, T-shirts, hats, flags and … umbrellas, held in Copenhagen at the Tour. A happy guard of honor for the 176 runners. Copenhagen (24e great departure abroad, from Amsterdam in 1954, while waiting for Bilbao in 2023 and Florence in 2024?) did not hide his pleasure. The ten running Danes, and all the others, were driven by a contagious fervor.

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Wout Van Aert is there

The versatile Jumbo-Visma runner, who was hit in the knee during a practice, had been forced to give up defending his Belgian title. He entered the Tour with a blow (2e 5 ” by Lampaert). He had finished the Tour 2021 winning at the Champs Elysées, the final point of an impressive triptych (victory on the Ventoux stage, before a success in the Saint-Emilion time trial). Candidate for the green jersey within a team built for the yellow jersey, Van Aert quickly distinguished himself. “ There is no problem to roll through the yellow and green. It is very ambitious but it is a goal that is worth it. The yellow shirt is the dream of our team and I intend to contribute to it. “, he assured before starting. A successful entry completed by Jonas Vingegaard (7e at 15 ”) and Primoz Roglic (8e a 16 ”). An infernal group shot.

Tadej Pogacar impresses

The UAE Team Emirates team leader, double outgoing winner, had a lot to lose in the 1st stage. With lightness, ease, the Slovene came out of the event with brilliance (3e 7 ” by Lampaert). An ideal launch for the Tour’s big favorite, winner of a time trial on the Tour last year in Laval, who recalled from the outset that it will be difficult to evict.


Stefan Bisseger caught by the rain

The Swiss (7 laps victorious in his career) was among the men to follow, able to scare the lap. The Swiss, struck by the wet pavement, fell quickly after badly negotiating a right turn, then for the second time in a badly cut left turn. The first stage of the rest of the EF Education team rider was a nightmare. On the brakes, the Swiss (who had been forced to leave the Tour de Switzerland after testing positive for Covid) ended up down.

Geraint Thomas passes by

Until the first intermediate time, I took turns like my wife who has not ridden for twelve yearsGeraint Thomas told Cycling News. In 2017, the Welshman dominated Düsseldorf’s first time trial in the rain. The winner of the 2018 Tour, who has to share the responsibilities with the Colombian Daniel Martínez and the British Adam Yates, entered the Tour de France upside down with an 18th place, 0 ”25 from the yellow jersey.

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