In Copenhagen, the Tour de France will open on Friday with a 13.2km time trial. Who puts the first yellow jersey on his shoulders? “It’s a course you have to accelerate on a regular basis, which is in favor of Wout van Aert,” says former Danish rider Rolf Sørensen, who knows his back-to-hand time trial course. increase.
For the first time in five years, Time Trial Specialists will be able to shoot the first yellow jersey on the tour.
World Time Trial Champion Filippo Ganna will automatically be at the top of your favorites list. In his last five trial matches with Wout van Aert, the Italian won four times.
“But the opening time trial course is suitable for Van Aert,” says Rolf Sørensen, a Danish television commentator.
“After exploring the time trial, I talked to Mad Pedersen. According to him, it’s a course you have to accelerate on a regular basis. It’s like cyclocross. That’s why Van Aert likes it better than Ganna. is”
|The last five meetings between Van Aert and Gunna in a time trial|
|Time Trial Criterium du Dauphiné 2022||First place||2nd place||2 “|
|World Time Trial Championship 2021||First place||2nd place||6 inches|
|2021 Tokyo Olympics Time Trial||5th place||The 6th||35 inches|
|Time Trial Tirreno-Adriatico 2021||3rd place||First place||11 inches|
|World Championship Time Trial 2020||First place||2nd place||26 inches|
“Technical part of a road with a width of 1.5 meters”
What is the route for the 13.2 km time trial?
“There are 18 turns, quite a lot, but usually wide and beautiful turns. You can turn at speeds of 40 km / h,” explains Sørensen.
“The very technical part begins with the Little Mermaid statue, which is 4 km from the finish.”
“The width of the road is 1.5 to 2 meters. It’s a bit like a bike path, and the rider turns 180 degrees in front of wheels that can only travel at 10km / h.”
It is the technical part that Van Aert can make a difference to Gunna.
“Overall, this isn’t the most technical time trial,” says Sørensen. “I think the winners will come out at an average speed of 52-53 km / h. No less.”
|get on||date||Vehicle type||start end||total||winner||leader|
|Five||Lille-Allen Berg||157 km|
|7||Tomblaine-La Planche de Belle Phil||176.3 km|
|11 11||Albertville-Col de Granon||151.7 km|
|12||Briancon-Alpe d’Huez||165.1 km|
|13||Le Bourg-d’Azan-Saint-Etienne||192.6 km|
|16 16||Carcassonne-Foy||178.5 km|
|17 17||Saint-Gaudens-Peyragudes||129.7 km|
|18 18||Lourdes-Howtakam||143.2 km|
|19 19||Castelnau-Magnoac-Cahors||188.3 km|
|twenty one||Paris La Defense Arena-Paris||115.6 km|