At a distance of 187 kilometers from the start: The space between the spacer and the peloton is 1’51”.
Here’s a fun clip of Pierre Roland singing a little I think while warming up after yesterday’s time trial:
Wiggins, out on his bike, says the peloton is nervous and they are “starting to ride.”
190 kilometers to cut: Huge crowds line the road. Bradley Wiggins, on a bike and in the midst of things at Eurosport, describes it as “amazing”.
“Some of the roads are very narrow, especially at the end,” he notes. “It’s going to be dangerous today.”
Please stay sane when you are out and about…
191 kilometers to cut: What are your expectations today – and for all races in general?
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193 kilometers to go: Roland is the legend of the game And a steady contender for the King of the Mountains in the round. win in two stages La Grande BuckleIn 2011 and 2012, he also scored an impressive solo win on the 17th stage of the 2017 Giro d’Italia.
195 kilometers to go: Four riders on respite: Sven Erik Bystrom (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Cyril Barthe, Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels p/b KTM) and Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost). Rolland will fight for KOM points in the three ranked climb.
And they are gone. Attacks immediately as expected. Magnus Cort from EF Education – EasyPost is the first to dig. Few others are trying to cross.
here we are. Drivers drive in the neutral zone. Television helicopters hover overhead, offering us some delightful shots of picturesque Roskilde. Thin white clouds are scattered around the blue sky. It is comfortable at an angle of 22 degrees. Sean Kelly and Carlton Kirby have settled into the Eurosport suspension position. It’s the Tour de France!
“I’m just the son of a farmer from Belgium.”
That was Yves Lambert’s tearful reaction yesterday in Copenhagen after he shocked the world’s best warriors by winning the opening 13.2km stage and donning the yellow jersey. Will we see similar excitement today in the first stage of the 2022 race? Sprinting teams wouldn’t hope for it, and Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s Fabio Jacobsen—who nearly died in a horrific accident in Poland two years ago—is the bookmaker’s favorite for a win.
Two out of two would make Bernard Lefevre, Alpha Vinyl Quick-Step, a really very lucky guy. But Dylan Groenewegen, Caleb Ewan, Wout van Aert and possibly even Peter Sagan are among the riders hoping to find success in the sprint finish at Nyborg 202.5km from Roskilde.
In what appears to be a normal sprint stage, there may be a stab in the stern as well: crosswinds are expected on bridges across the ‘Big Belt’ in the latter part of the stage, and winds are expected to blow significantly towards another 40 km. All this should add to the tension, nervousness and potential Mess In the peloton, but great entertainment for all of us with a nice cup of tea and a seat.
Stage start time: 11:35 AM GMT