Tour de France: Lambert wins first stage in wet Copenhagen

Belgian rider Yves Lambert received the opening stage of the Tour de France, whereas two-time champion Tadej Poujacquard completed third on Friday.

Pojákár edged out Slovenian compatriot and fundamental rival Primoz Roglic and 2020 runner-up, who was eighth within the trial interval.

Lambert is the previous world champion within the crew time trial, however this was his first win of the three-week tour. He clocked quarter-hour and 17 seconds on the 13-kilometre (eight miles) street round Copenhagen.

The Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl rider was 5 seconds forward of compatriot Wout van Aert – Roglic’s teammate at Jumbo-Visma – and 7 seconds forward of Pogacar, who leads the UAE crew. Pogacar was 9 seconds forward of Roglic.

And Lambert might hardly consider it when, realizing he had received, he wiped his tears and put his arms over his mouth.

It was raining when Roglic completed beneath a grey sky simply after 4:30 p.m., nonetheless pouring when the Pogacar took off about 40 minutes later. Though he specializes within the moist, Poujacar regarded cautious on the primary flip.

It may need price him victory.

“Numerous noise,” the riders roared out in loud cheers.

“There was a lot noise that you can barely hear something within the earpiece,” stated French rider David Gaudeau.

The noise stage rose once more when native racer Jonas Weinggaard – Roglic’s teammate and final yr’s Tour runner-up – sprinted down the beginning ramp. He completed seventh, one second behind Roglic.

Massive components of the Danish capital have been closed off. Moist roads made the street difficult – particularly the cobbled half throughout Amalienborg Palace, the principle residence of Denmark’s royal household.

Swiss rider Stefan Bisiger fell twice however stored going.

The theater surpasses the town’s different most well-known landmarks, together with the statue of the Little Mermaid, perched on its seat on the harbor entrance.

Among the many hundreds of followers, some waving the crimson and white Danish flag, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.

“I grew up with my dad glued to the TV watching the Tour de France,” Frederiksen stated.

Earlier, Danish Crown Prince Frederick took the street.

It is nice to see a lot help for the Tour at dwelling,” stated the 54-year-old, carrying a helmet, shorts and a T-shirt. The palace additionally posted outdated pictures on Instagram of members of the Danish royal household using bicycles, together with Frederick’s great-grandfather, King Christian X and present Queen Margaret.

There are two extra levels in Denmark this weekend, together with crossing the Nice Belt Bridge connecting the island of New Zealand, the place Copenhagen is positioned, and the central island of Funen.

The primary begin was purported to happen in Denmark – however for the twenty fourth time the race has began outdoors France – in 2021 however has been postponed by a yr as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

After the Danish levels, the riders journey to France with a stage between Dunkirk and Calais.

The race ends in Paris on July twenty fourth.

In the meantime, police are intently investigating Bahrain’s Staff Victorious and confiscated greater than 450 capsules of unidentified substances at a house in Slovenia throughout raids throughout Europe, Eurojust reported on Friday.

Passengers and employees houses had been raided and the crew lodge in Denmark was searched this week.

(AFP)

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