The first yellow jersey of the 109th Tour de France goes to a Belgian. Yves Lampaert won Stage 1, a 13 km time trial in Copenhagen. The Quick-Step team rider was 5 seconds ahead of compatriot Wout van Aert and 7 seconds ahead of the outgoing winner, Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar. Disappointment for the Swiss. Stefan Küng had to settle for 14th place, while Stefan Bissegger fell twice!
Stefan Küng was the best Swiss in the pouring rain. After the two falls of his compatriot Stefan Bissegger, the Thurgau from Team Groupama-FDJ didn’t dare to attack as he would have liked.
“Physically I was there, but mentally it was more difficult because I saw Stefan Bissegger fall on TVhe confided after the race. And then I met him on the way to the start and he told me it was like soap. It blocked me a bit in my head because I didn’t know where the line was. Because when we did the exploration, it was dry. And then I’ve had quite intense days the last 10 days with the birth of our son and the uncertainty post Covid infection.”
The unfortunate Stefan Bissegger, on the other hand, finished 99th, 1’12 behind, with abrasions on both sides after two falls, first on the right side and then on the left. Marc Hirschi was 149th at 1’42 and Silvan Dillier 165th at 1’58.
Pogacar in first place of the favourites
All teams were faced with the mystery of the weather. Because the rain stopped during the race, contrary to the forecasts that justified the presence of the favorites in the first half of the table, doing a kind of justice.
Behind Lampaert and van Aert, Pogacar finished in 3rd place, performing better than all of its competitors in the overall standings. Denmark’s Jonas Vingegaard, applauded by the spectators who thronged this unprecedented start, lost 8 seconds to the outgoing winner, Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic a second more.
For climbers, the effort is significant without being prohibitive. The bottom of the pack, Australian Ben O’Connor (4th in the 2021 Tour) lost 54 seconds to Pogacar, Spaniard Enric Mas 49 seconds, French Romain Bardet 38 seconds. From the top trio of the Ineos team, the Briton Adam Yates (16 seconds ahead of Pogacar) performed better than the Colombian Daniel Martinez and especially the Welshman Geraint Thomas.
“I really didn’t expect that!” says Lampaert
“I really didn’t expect that! My head is exploding, I was expecting to be in the top 10, that would have been great and there I beat the best, van Aert, Ganna, van der Poel… I’m in good shape but from there to winning the first stage of the Tour de France … I didn’t imagine that!”Lampaert responded.
1st stage, time trial in Copenhagen (13.2 km)
2 July: 2nd stage Roskilde (DEN) – Nyborg (DEN), 202.2 km.
3 July: 3rd stage Vejle (DEN) – Sönderborg (DEN), 182 km.
July 4th: Transfer. 5 July: 4th stage Dunkirk – Calais, 171.5 km.
6 July: 5th stage Lille Métropole – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 157 km.
7 July: Stage 6 Binche (BEL) – Longwy, 219.9 km.
8 July: 7th stage Tomblaine – La super Planche des Belles Filles, 176.3 km.
9 July: 8th stage Dole – Lausanne, 186.3 km.
10 July: 9th stage Aigle – Châtel, 192.9 km.
July 11: Calm in Morzine.
12 July: 10th stage Morzine – Megève, 148.1 km.
13 July: 11th stage Albertville – Col du Granon, 151.7 km.
14 July: 12th stage Briançon – Alpe d’Huez, 165.1 km.
15 July: 13th stage Bourg d’Oisans – Saint-Etienne, 192.6 km.
16 July: 14th stage Saint-Etienne – Mende, 192.5 km.
17 July: Stage 15 Rodez – Carcassonne, 202.5 km. July 18: Calm in Carcassonne.
19 July: stage 16 Carcassonne – Foix, 178.5 km.
20 July: 17th stage Saint-Gaudens – Peyragudes, 129.7 km.
21 July: stage 18 Lourdes – Hautacam, 143.2 km.
22 July: 19th stage, Castelnau-Magnoac – Cahors, 188.3 km.
23 July: 20th stage Lacapelle-Marival – Rocamadour, 40.7 km (individual time trial).
July 24: 21st stage Paris La Défense Arena – Paris Champs-Elysées, 115.6 km.
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