Tour de France: Will the Swiss do well?

Four Swiss riders meet on Friday at the start of the Tour de France. While Marc Hirschi can savor his last-minute selection, Stefan Bissegger and Stefan Küng are thinking about the first yellow jersey of the tour. Silvan Dillier completes the Swiss quartet in the service of the amazing Mathieu van der Poel.

For ambitions in the overall standings, we have to fall back on Mathias Frank on the Swiss side, who recently made it into the top 10. The Lucerne team, who have since withdrawn from the competition, took 8th place in 2015.

Two reels for the first yellow

Hirschi thought he had to watch the tour on TV. The 23-year-old from Bern, who had shone on his debut on the roads of France in 2020 with a stage win and being named the event’s most combative rider, was initially not chosen by the UAE Emirates team after her Covid infection.

The former U23 world champion, who had made the Tour his main goal of the season, was eventually called up to replace team-mate Matteo Trentin, who himself was infected with the coronavirus.

With Küng and Bissegger, Switzerland can count on two recognized time trial specialists. Since the Tour de France starts with an individual time trial for the first time in 5 years, the 2 Thurgau have a theoretical chance of wearing the 1st yellow jersey of the tour. The last Swiss to wear it was Fabian Cancellara in 2015.

While Bissegger is on the tour for the second time, it is Küng’s 6th participation. In 2017, as a rookie, he placed 2nd in the prologue behind Geraint Thomas, a future Grande Boucle winner.

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Küng also tested positive

The two Swiss riders had a hectic preparation ahead of the season meeting, to say the least. Bissegger waited a long time for a negative test after being infected at the Tour de Suisse. Only on the last day before leaving for Denmark was the driver of the EF Education Team able to show the required result in a test.

Küng (Groupama) was also affected by the corona virus after the Tour de Suisse, which he finished 5th. The European time trial champion had tested positive in the middle of last week after the birth of his son. “I had symptoms, I wasn’t able to start training again until the weekend. Of course there are better preparations. But it is so“, remarks the Thurgau, who is dampening his hopes for the first time.

Stages (01.-24.07)

1 July: 1st stage Copenhagen – Copenhagen, 13.2 km (individual time trial).
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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