Tour | Low flying! Everything you need to know about stage 1: Copenhagen-Copenhagen

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At the presentation of the Tour de France track in Paris, Kasper Asgreen spoke crystal clear words. “The yellow jersey in Copenhagen is possible.” He is considered the Danish trump card for success during the time trial in Copenhagen. Although the triple promising world champion in time trial, Mikkel Bjerg, who in contrast to Asgreen was actually born in the Danish capital, will also show up. However, the competition is fierce.

Filippo Ganna has not yet been confirmed in the INEOS Grenadiers squad, but the world champion in time trial has said that he would love to go for the yellow jersey in Copenhagen. With the 13.5 flat kilometers, it will be low-flying in Denmark and the short distance should suit the Italian.

Like Ganna, Stefan Bissegger comes off the track, and the Swiss also benefits from shorter time trials. The EF Education-EasyPost rider is fully after the first yellow jersey and showed with the time trial victory in the UAE Tour – ahead of Ganna – that he has taken another step in his development as a time trial player. And then we have not even mentioned men like Stefan Küng and of course Wout van Aert.

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Time travel profile: flat, flatter, flattest. † Image: ASO

Time & TV

You follow the Tour on Eurosport 1, Sporza or NOS. The first rider starts today at It is expected that the winner of the first stage and thus the first yellow jersey wearer will be announced at. 19.10.

cycling history

The results of recent years show that Danish cycling is on the rise. Jonas Vingegaard finished second in the Tour de France last year, Kasper Asgreen won the Tour of Flanders and Mads Pedersen was crowned world champion in 2019 in rainy Yorkshire.

With the Grand Départ in Denmark, cycling takes the next step in popularity there, because the Tour de France simply has the biggest attraction. “I am often recognized after my victory in the Tour of Flanders, but the Tour de France and the Olympic Games are on a different level,” Kasper Asgreen told Wieler Revue last year.

It was originally intended that the Tour de France should start in Denmark in 2021, but due to the corona crisis, it fell through and Brest got the start of the Tour de France. For Denmark – and in fact for the whole of Scandinavia – the Tour start is the first, because the biggest race in the world has never before visited northern Europe.

It is – including France itself – the tenth country to host the start of the Tour de France. In 2011, Denmark welcomed the Giro d’Italia.

Just like this year in the Tour de France, three stages were run on Danish territory. The prologue was won by Taylor Phinney, while Mark Cavendish and Matthew Goss won the stages afterwards.

In 2011, Cavendish also became world champion in Copenhagen. The Briton has fond memories of Denmark, but he is not in the Tour de France this year because his team chooses sprinter Fabio Jakobsen.

trivia

The goal of the time trial is drawn next to Radhuspladsen, Copenhagen’s central square. Initially, the town hall square was designed based on Piazza del Campo in Siena. That’s right, known as the destination of the Strade Bianche.

Where cycling enthusiasts dream away when they think of the Italian square, Danes were less enthusiastic about the design. In 1995 and 1996, Radhuspladsen was renovated and got a new look.

The venue is mainly used for major events, such as the start of the Tour de France. But there are also references to Denmark’s history.

For example, there is a statue of the Danish author and poet HC Andersen, and there is a reference to the first war between Germany and Denmark, which lasted from 1848 to 1851. Radhuspladsen is also considered the most expensive street in the Danish variant. from Monopoly.

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