Live ticker 1st stage: Copenhague – Copenhague (Tour de France 2022)


The first stage

For the first time since 2017 in Düsseldorf, the tour begins with an individual time trial. In the Danish capital, Copenhagen, the specialists in particular will be battling it out for the day’s win and thus for the yellow jersey. The 13.2-kilometre route with only 25 curves and no notable elevations favors classic time trialists such as Stefan Bissegger, Stefan Küng or Filippo Ganna. Not far from Copenhagen’s landmark, the bronze statue of the Little Mermaid, local heroes like Mads Pedersen or Kasper Asgreen also want to cheer. And of course the ranking drivers also want to show what they’ve got this year.


First visit to Denmark

As usual, the tour will start outside of France. For the first time this year, the starting shot will be fired in Denmark, where today’s individual time trial will be followed by two flat stages before heading to France.


Demanding routing

As usual, the Tour de France will again demand everything from the riders. It is particularly interesting that for a long time there has been a stage that is almost 20 kilometers long over cobblestones. In addition, everything that has rank and name is included in the mountains. It goes through the Vosges, the Alps, the Massif Central and the Pyrenees. Six mountain stages with five mountain finishes, including the legendary L’Alpe d’Huez and Hautacam. A total of 3,328 kilometers must be covered before the champion is crowned on the Champs-Elysées.


chances of the Germans

No German professional will compete for overall victory this year, but stage victories are always possible. Lennard Kämna impressed with a day win at the Giro and will look for his chance in the mountains. The new German road champion Nils Politt, who won a stage last year, is also good for a day’s win again. The same applies to his Bora-hansgrohe colleagues Maximilian Schachmann and Simon Geschke, who are potential breakaway stages. And something could also happen in the sprint this year, because Max Walscheid has risen to the number one sprinter in Team Cofidis due to Bryan Coquard’s absence due to corona.


Some familiar names are missing

There were personnel surprises in the run-up, especially in the Quick-Step team. Neither record stage winner Mark Cavendish nor world champion and Julian Alaphilippe were nominated. The Belgians rely entirely on a strong sprint train for the Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen. In the absence of “Cav” the Belgian Wout van Aert is the top favorite for the green jersey of the best sprinter. Emanuel Buchmann is also absent this year. The 2019 Tour fourth-placed already has the Giro d’Italia in his legs and will also be driving the Vuelta from mid-August.


Pogacar is aiming for the hat trick

22 teams and 176 riders set off for the greatest classic in cycling and plunge into the fight for the coveted jerseys. Tadej Pogačar from Slovenia is once again the top favorite for the Maillot Jaune this year. At just 23 years old, the UAE Team Emirates superstar already has two titles under his belt and is aiming for the third overall win in a row. His main rival will once again be compatriot Primož Roglič, who impressively demonstrated his form at the Critérium du Dauphiné earlier this month. Last year’s runner-up Jonas Vingegaard from Denmark and Briton Gerraint Thomas, who recently won the Tour de Suisse, also want to be right at the front.


Warm welcome

Hello and welcome to the Tour de France 2022! The 109th edition of the Great Loop ends on July 24th on the Champs-Elysées and begins today with a short individual time trial in the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

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