The two-time winner of the French round did not win the stage because the honor of winning the initial time trial and dressing in yellow went to Yves Lampaert by surprise, but the two-time champion of the race took time from all his rivals.
Tadej Pogacar had everything, absolutely everything, ready to start the road to his third consecutive Tour dressed in yellow. There were three hours left before the opening time trial of the race began when an assistant from his team, the Emirates, placed his bike, next to the roller, in the podium area and next to the hot chair where the cyclist with the best time would impatiently await the result of the stopwatch. Pogacar had his spare bike there ready for him to warm up his muscles if it were the case that he won at the start and he was already dressed in yellow.
wanted Pogacar win the time trial He knew he could be faster than Filippo Ganna, the champion of the world. He was clear that he had to take risks between streets full of white paint, bike lanes and puddles of water that made the circuit designed in Copenhagen a real danger. But when you’re psyched up to win the Tour, the last thing you remember is hitting the brakes.
– Sergi López-Egea (@sergi_lopezegea) July 1, 2022
He wanted to win but his path was crossed first by Wout van Aert, the (almost) perfect runner, and then another surprising Belgian, who was not counted on at all, Yves Lampertwhich won the time trial and will wear yellow on the roads of Denmark this Saturday.
Copenhagen vibrated and screamed. The sun withdrew with a Mediterranean air that had warmed the city with the preparations for the Tour and the Danish capital became a typical Scandinavian town: water, umbrellas and even a feeling of cold.
The moment of truth
Copenhagen was vibrating and screaming when at 5:05 p.m., 55 minutes after the start of the time trial, Pogacar he made the start of the race official when he left the towel around his neck to his assistant, as if he were a boxer preparing to jump into the ring. He came out behind Gannathat if he didn’t wear yellow this Friday, he will hardly make it from here to Paris, and from Van Aert. They were going to be the best moments of the race. The three raced to beat the times of Mathieu van der Poel, who started when the asphalt was drier and everyone knew that they would do better than Primoz Roglic, more than correct but with no chance of winning the stage. And, of course, they were clear that no matter how lazy they did it, they would give the first whip in the form of golden seconds to the climbers, who didn’t even want to (like Enric Mas, 49 seconds worse than Tadej), nor could they run in the times of Pogacar.
Same as in 2021
The Tour started as it ended last year. If in 2021 it was run under the sporting tyranny of a boy who is now 23 years old, who did what he wanted, who attacked his rivals when he felt like it, who did not leave a single victory in the Pyrenees, in 2022 a similar script is written down, no matter how much the Jumbo, in the time trial, will gain muscle to the point that there is still a problem (blessed problem by the way) in its ranks. the dane jonas vingegaardsecond last year, made better time than his boss Rogliceven if it was only a second less.
Lampaert will walk this Saturday the yellow jersey in the stage of the bridge, of the Great Belt18 kilometers of gusty wind over the sea, another territory for climbers like Plus suffer. And how beautiful.
– Javier Gilabert C. (@tourdegila) July 1, 2022
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