The 3,346.6 km from Copenhagen to Paris awaits the cyclists on the 109th route. In terms of sports, it all comes down to a Slovenian duel. But Corona can cause unpleasant surprises.
Far to the North, the 109th Tour de France kicks off for the first time in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Just before Friday’s start, the cyclists are accompanied by concerns about the crown, and the summer wave makes cycling difficult.
In terms of sport, it comes down to a duel between two Slovenian stars Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic. For German drivers, it is probably just everyday successes.
Where does the Tour de France start?
The tour departs from Copenhagen for the first time. The Grand Départ was actually scheduled to take place in the Danish capital last year. By sliding Football Championship the route had to give way by 2021 with a site in Copenhagen. This is the 24th international start of Grand Boucle.
Why does the race start already on Friday?
An extra day of rest was added on Monday to ensure that all entourage travel from Denmark to France before the fourth leg. Generally, the tour is suspended for three days this time.
Is the route in danger of a corona chaos?
Quite possible. Over 40 riders had to get off early on the week-long Tour de Suisse due to the Corona wave. Many drivers have shown positive results recently, including three-time world champion Peter Sagan and Maximilian Schachmann, who still has to worry about his participation in the rally.
What does the Corona package of measures look like en route?
In the 2020 and 2021 editions, the tour was strictly isolated and moved in its own bubble. The idea worked, there was no positive case. From this season onwards, the world association UCI relaxed the rules again. Until now, it was planned that all drivers would have to show a negative test before take-off and then re-pass the test on rest days. Due to recent events, the organization of the tour may tighten measures again.
Can you expect dramatic falls again?
The Tour de France is always hectic. A stage win for a cyclist can save an entire season for the team. Consequently, there is a risk of a mass decline again, especially with sprint arrivals. Sprinters can count on mass arrivals in the second and third stages in Denmark. There were a few falls in the beginning last year. She also caught the co-favorite Primoz Roglic, who later had to retire. But drivers also take more risks on the descents. Who wants to lose the downhill track? Crowds of viewers always carry dangers. In 2021, Tony Martin was thrown from his bicycle by a cardboard sign.
Who are the favorites to win the Tour de France?
The main favorite is again last year’s winner Tadej Pogacar. The 23-year-old, who won the last two editions, was in his usual strong form at the general rehearsal when he won the Tour of Slovenia. His biggest rival will probably be the native Primoz Roglic, from whom in 2020 he received the yellow jersey in an extremely dramatic time trial on the penultimate day at La Super Planche des Belles Filles. Roglic showed that he was well prepared with his victory in the Dauphiné Tour. The Welshman Geraint Thomas could also play a good role. The 2018 winner, now 36, won the Tour de Suisse just over a week ago.
What can you expect from German drivers?
There is no man for the general classification. Emanuel Buchmann’s seventh Giro, who was even fourth en route in 2019, is now gone and should strike again in the fall. In turn, Lennard Kämna will probably start, with the German time trial champion already convinced by his stage win at the Giro. Nils Politt, who appears in the championship jersey, is in a strong form. The man from Cologne already won the stage last year. Classics specialist John Degenkolb can raise hopes on the cobblestone Arenberg stage. After a positive coronation test, Maximilian Schachmann is still in question.
What are the highlights of the 109th Tour de France?
The highlight is the twelfth stage that leads to the cycling mecca of Alpe d’Huez. With 4,750 meters above the Col du Galibier, Col de la Croix de Fer and the last ascent to the ski station, the royal stage offers a real climb. A total of six mountain finishes await drivers. But the tour also has a lot to offer. The edges of the wind on the Danish coast can cause surprises in the second and third stages. The tough pavement of northern France awaits on Stage 5, which ends at the entrance to the infamous Arenberg Forest. The winner of the general classification should be known on the penultimate day at the latest on the 40.7 km individual time trial to Rocamadour. At the start, the first yellow jersey will also be awarded against the clock over 13.2 kilometers in Copenhagen.
Where is the Tour de France broadcast on TV?
ARD is broadcast daily from around 4pm in the decisive phase. Until ARD is involved, live images can be viewed on One and “sportschau.de” on weekdays. In addition, Eurosport broadcasts the stages of the route.
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