The 2nd stage: wind and sprint?
On the 2nd stage, the class riders can expect a deceptive ride today. On the one hand, the 200 kilometers through Denmark look flat and easy. On the other hand, the race runs almost entirely along the Danish coast and could become complicated and dangerous due to strong crosswinds. Classification drivers in particular have to be particularly careful. The finale will also be tricky and exciting: the last 18 kilometers take you over the Storbaelt Bridge through the open sea to your destination in Nyborg.
Review: Tour start in the rain
Yves Lampaert caused a surprise at yesterday’s start in the individual time trial. In the rainy battle in Copenhagen, the 31-year-old Belgian took the day’s victory ahead of compatriot Wout van Aert and unexpectedly slipped into the yellow jersey: “I was hoping for the top 10 and now I’ve beaten the best drivers in the world,” said Lampaert visibly moved after his victory. The Belgian also beat the competition thanks to his late start time in better road conditions. Before that, continuous rain caused falls and mirror-smooth asphalt. Tour favorite Tadej Pogacar didn’t take any risks on a wet road and only finished third with a seven-second lead. Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic, who are also hoping for the maillot jaune, ended up even further behind, already losing eight and nine seconds to their rival Pogacar.
Tour de France: 2nd stage
Bonjour and welcome to the Tour de France! After the time trial at the start, the tour continues today with the first flat stage and continues to roll through Denmark. On the 200 kilometers from Roskilde to Nyborg, the drivers almost always breathe in the fresh sea air and above all have to watch out for the wind. The race starts at 12:45 p.m.