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
Gunna Van Aart difference
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.”

Tour de France
get on date Vehicle type start end total winner leader
1 Individual time trial Copenhagen-Copenhagen 13.2 km
2 Road race Roskilde-Nyborg 202.2 km
3 Road race Vejle-Sonderborg 182 km
Four Road race Dunkirk-Curry 171.5 km
Five Road race Lille-Allen Berg 157 km
6 Road race Binche-Longwy 219.9 km
7 Road raceSemi-mountain stage Tomblaine-La Planche de Belle Phil 176.3 km
8 Road raceSemi-mountain stage Doll-Lausanne 186.3 km
9 Road raceSemi-mountain stage Aigle-Chatello 192.9 km
Ten Road raceSemi-mountain stage Morzine-Mejeve 148.1 km
11 11 Road raceMountain stage Albertville-Col de Granon 151.7 km
12 Road raceMountain stage Briancon-Alpe d’Huez 165.1 km
13 Road raceSemi-mountain stage Le Bourg-d’Azan-Saint-Etienne 192.6 km
14 Road raceSemi-mountain stage Saint-Etienne-Mendea 192.5 km
15 Road raceSemi-mountain stage Rodez-Carcassonne 202.5 km
16 16 Road raceSemi-mountain stage Carcassonne-Foy 178.5 km
17 17 Road raceMountain stage Saint-Gaudens-Peyragudes 129.7 km
18 18 Road raceMountain stage Lourdes-Howtakam 143.2 km
19 19 Road race Castelnau-Magnoac-Cahors 188.3 km
20 Individual time trial Lacapelle-Marival-Rocamadour 40.7 km
twenty one Road race Paris La Defense Arena-Paris 115.6 km

Source: Sporza

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