134 km of road: Brought forward by B&B Hotel riders, Rolland and Barthe, Bystrom and Cort. This space is 17″. There is only 10 km between the first climb and the second climb, called Kot d’Høve Stræde.
(Apparently not his real name. The climb names were approved by the Tour de France on this occasion).
Anyway. Côte d’Høve Stræde is a simple bagatelle 0.8 km long, peaking at 62 m above sea level.
137 km road: Great shots of the crowd in the peloton on the first climb. Reminds me of Yorkshire in 2014. Looks like a fantastic atmosphere and nice to see the sun shining on Denmark’s (one) big day.
139 km road: Barthe takes him climbing. The court sits there, cool as you like, waiting. Bystrom then launches his attack, Cort follows, but Rolland and Barte have no answer. Cort takes the first SME point of the 2022 Tour de France on his way. The crowds on this climb are absolutely massive. But thankfully they keep a respectful distance from the riders.
Early Barthe for the B&B Hotels p/b KTM guys, you might say, if you want to get to the weak and ultimately nonsensical game.
141 km road: The road is incredibly narrow on this climb. As a result, the trailing teams are fighting for position, and the difference before the break is slightly reduced to 1’46”.
Meanwhile, at the top of the road, Rolland sits behind the four, presumably waiting for the moment to attack. Cort also wants the KOM point.
142 km road: Here comes the first climb. Rolland will dig here. Will there be another? Its length is 1.1 km.
149 km road: “By a strange coincidence, Bystrom, Barthe, Rolland and Cort were the inventors of the highly influential but ultimately flawed vowel-only Internet, which briefly succeeded in allowing francophones to search for water, but was replaced by a more protean successor.” Emails Paul Griffin. “There is an increasingly pervasive school of thought that their version will make the world a happier place.”
This is designed to win a random funny email of the day.
151 km of road: There are three categories to four climbs on the menu today. The first of them, Côte d’Asnæs Indelukke, is coming soon. The average speed of the peloton is 44.4 km/h, which is quite fierce.
153 km of road: Retired Irish rider Dan Martin also offers interesting insights on Twitter:
165 km road: A tactical insight from Alex Dowsett on Twitter about the bridge will follow:
165 km road: Did you miss yesterday? Never fear, here’s Jeremy Whittle’s Phase 1 report:
167 km of road: The clearance increased slightly to 1’43”. A reminder of the Four Horsemen:
Cyril Barthe and Pierre Roland (B&B Hotels p/b KTM)
Sven Erik Bystrom (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materials)
Magnus Court (EF Education – EasyPost).
If Bystrom wins this, there will be dancing in the streets of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux.
170 km road: Sean Kelly, always a great commentator on Eurosport, backed Jakobsen to a stage win today.
175 km road: Magnus Kort won a Tour stage in 2018 and won six stages at the Vuelta a Espana. track record. Neither Cyril Barthe nor Sven Erik Bystrøm have a Grand Tour stage win to their name. Rolland and Court are guys who have been there, done it in the biggest races in this break.
178 km road: The gap is maintained at about 1’33”. The sun is out and the mood of the peloton seems relaxed, maybe after 10 minutes, several sport directors get on the radio and tell the chasing peloton to close the gap. Separately to have any chance they ride it a lot.
182 km road: “Final” will be interesting today. The wind is expected to blow and there will be teams looking to attack – both the stage-reserved contenders and the GC teams.
In my interview with Adam Hansen (later Lotto Soudal) at the 2017 Giro, he told me how these windy stage finals can be:
“The mistake we made was probably saying, ‘Okay, we’ve got 14km to go, we’re attacking.’ , in these stages you have to get revenge first, because it’s never good to be on the other side.”
It was the day Andre Greipel lost pink sweater The result of the Quick-Step attack:
185 km road: Wiggins was right. The chase from the peloton continues and the gap to the break is 1’34”. However, you’d think the sprint teams would be happy with the makeup and size of this jump. Maybe the idea is to hold them for two minutes.
“Bicycle paths are painted yellow, knitting enthusiasts have made giant yellow T-shirts and preparations are underway for a flotilla of yellow flag boats. The ‘big yellow party’ comes to Denmark on July 1st when the world’s biggest cycling race takes place in what is considered the best country in the world for cyclists.”
187 km of road: The gap between the break and the peloton is 1’51”.
Here’s a fun clip of Pierre Rolland singing a little song during the warm-up after yesterday’s time trial:
Riding his bike, Wiggins says the peloton was nervous and they ‘started riding’.
190 km road: Massive crowds line the route. Bradley Wiggins, who rides motorcycles for Eurosport, describes them as “Unbelievable”.
“There are very narrow roads in some parts, especially the final,” he said. “Today will be dangerous.”
Please be smart if you are on the road…
191 km to go: What are your expectations for today and the whole race?
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193 km of road: Rolland is a legend of the game and a perennial King of the Hill contender on Tour. He won two stages A big loopIn 2011 and 2012, and also in the 2017 Giro d’Italia, he took a fantastic solo victory on Stage 17.
195 km of road: Four athletes are on break: Sven Erik Bystrom (Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux), Cyril Barthe and Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels p/b KTM) and Magnus Cort (EF Education–EasyPost). Rolland will go for KOM points in three categories of climbing.
And they went. As expected, it attacks immediately. Magnus Kort of EF Education-EasyPost has the first dig. A few more are trying to meet.
Then we are here. Drivers walk in a neutral zone. TV helicopters fly overhead, bringing us delightful shots of scenic Roskilde. Fluffy white clouds swirl around the blue sky. Nice 22C. Sean Kelly and Carlton Kirby are Eurosport’s commentators. It’s the Tour de France!
“I’m just a farmer’s son from Belgium.”
In Copenhagen yesterday, Yves Lampaert reacted in tears after winning the 13.2km opening stage and shocking the world’s best time-trialists to claim the yellow jersey. Will we see a similar upset today, in the first road stage of the 2022 race? The sprinter’s teams won’t be hoping and Fabio Jacobsen, who nearly died in a horrific crash in Poland two years ago from Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, is the bookies’ favorite for victory.
Two out of two Bernard Lefevere, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, would be a very happy man indeed. But Dylan Groenewegen, Caleb Ewan, Wout van Aert and maybe even Peter Sagan are among those hoping for a sprint finish in Nyborg after the 202.5km route from Roskilde.
The regulation sprint stage could also be a sting in the tail: crosswinds are expected on the Big Belt bridges in the second part of the stage, and significant headwinds are expected. the last 40 km. All this must be added to the stress, nervousness and potential chaos in the peloton, but great fun for all of us to sit and have a nice cup of tea.
Stage start time: 11.35 BST