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Tops / Flops of the first stage of the Tour de France: Lampaert and Pogacar hit hard, Thomas passes through

2022-07-01T18:03:52.572Z

The surprise Yves Lampaert in Copenhagen, the Danish public, Pogacar who is placed but also the disappointment Geraint Thomas, find the Tops and Flops of the first stage of the Tour de France



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TOPS

Yves Lampaert, a team member in the spotlight

5th fastest time for the Belgian Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) who was able to take advantage of the conditions to deprive Wout van Aert of the yellow jersey.

He is the first Belgian to wear the yellow jersey at the opening of the Grande Boucle after an individual timed exercise since Eric Vanderaerden, in 1983, in Fontenay-sous-Bois.

Lampaert (31), world team time trial champion in 2016 and 2018, Belgian vice-champion in the time trial (behind Evenepoel) this year, also 3rd in Paris-Roubaix in 2019 took advantage milder conditions than the big favorites who left in the rain.

A bit like Jacky Durand, in 1995 during the prologue in Saint-Brieuc.

Danish passion in Copenhagen

The rain which began to fall two hours before the start of the first rider, Frenchman Jérémy Lecrocq (B&B Hôtels-KTM), did not extinguish the atmosphere.

Caps, T-shirts, bucket hats, flags and… umbrellas, Copenhagen celebrated at the Tour.

A happy guard of honor for the 176 runners.

Copenhagen (24th big departure abroad, from Amsterdam in 1954, while waiting for Bilbao in 2023 and Florence in 2024?) did not shy away from his pleasure.

The ten Danes in the running, and all the others, were carried by an infectious fervor.

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Wout Van Aert is there

The versatile runner from Jumbo-Visma, hit in the knee during an internship, had been forced to give up defending his title of Belgian champion.

He entered the Tour with a bang (2nd at 5'' from Lampaert).

He had finished the 2021 Tour by winning on the Champs-Elysées, the end point of a breathtaking triptych (victory in the Ventoux stage, before a success in the Saint-Emilion time trial).

Candidate for the green jersey at the heart of a team built for the yellow jersey, Van Aert was quick to distinguish himself.

There is no problem rolling for yellow and green.

It's very ambitious but it's a worthwhile goal.

The Yellow Jersey is our team's dream and I intend to contribute to it.

“, he assured before the start.

A successful entry completed by Jonas Vingegaard (7th at 15'') and Primoz Roglic (8th at 16'').

A hell of a group shot.

Tadej Pogacar makes an impression

The leader of the UAE Team Emirates team, outgoing double winner had a lot to lose on the 1st stage.

With lightness, ease, the Slovenian came out of the event brilliantly (3rd at 7'' from Lampaert).

An ideal launch for the big favorite of the Tour, winner of a time trial on the Tour last year in Laval, who recalled from the start that it will be difficult to dislodge.

FLOPS

Stefan Bisseger trapped in the rain

The Swiss (7 victorious lap times in his career) was among the men to follow, those capable of panicking the lap.

The Swiss surprised by the wet pavement quickly fell after having badly negotiated a right turn, then a second time in a badly cut left turn.

The rest of the EF Education team rider's first stage was a nightmare.

On the brakes, the Swiss (who had been forced to leave the Tour de Suisse after testing positive for Covid) finished dejected.

Geraint Thomas passes through

Until the first intermediate time, I took turns like my wife who hasn't ridden for twelve years

,” Geraint Thomas told Cycling news.

In 2017, the Welshman dominated the opening Düsseldorf time trial in the rain.

The winner of the 2018 Tour, who must share the responsibilities with the Colombian Daniel Martinez and the Briton Adam Yates, entered the Tour de France upside down with an 18th place, 0”25 from the yellow jersey.

Source: lefigaro

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