Tadej Pogacar will chase his 3rd victory at the Tour de France. The biggest opposition for the Slovenian will come from Jumbo-Visma with the 2 co-leaders Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard.
Pogacar is, of course, only 23 years old, but he is already one of the greats. Comparisons with Eddy Merckx or Bernard Hinault do not come out of nowhere. He too could well enter the record books with 5 victories in the Grande Boucle, as Jacques Anquetil and Miguel Indurain also managed.
On the roads of the Tour, he will count first on Rafal Majka. The Pole, former best climber on the Grand Boucle, will be Pogacar’s lieutenant. The Slovenian can also count on climbers like Marc Hirschi, drafted at the last minute, Brandon McNulty, Marc Soler or George Bennett.
yellow and green
Pogacar is the big favorite to tame the 3350 kilometers that will lead from Copenhagen to Paris. He is the most complete rider in the peloton. It can shine in the time trial, climb with the best and probably pass the cobbles without a hitch.
The leaders of the Jumbo-Visma team will need to be 2 to try to undermine the hegemony of the Slovenian. This is why the Dutch formation is betting on the compatriot of Pogacar, Primoz Roglic and the Dane Jonas Vingegaard, acclaimed as a hero by the Copenhagen public during the presentation of the teams on Wednesday.
Roglic, 2nd in the 2020 general classification and Vingegaard, runner-up last year, dominated the Critérium du Dauphiné by taking the first 2 ranks. But at Jumbo, we will not only be interested in the yellow jersey. There are also views on the green jersey in the points classification with Wout van Aert, already winner of 6 stages of the Grande Boucle.
A first week of all dangers
The 13 km time trial in the Danish capital will mark the start of a first week of all dangers, feared by many runners. A nasty wind will blow along the Danish coast, hills, narrow roads and even cobbles will put pressure on the favorites and their helpers during the first 8 days.
July 1: 1st stage Copenhagen – Copenhagen, 13.2 km (individual time trial).
July 2: 2nd stage Roskilde (DEN) – Nyborg (DEN), 202.2 km.
July 3: 3rd stage Vejle (DEN) – Sönderborg (DEN), 182 km.
July 4: transfer. July 5: 4th stage Dunkirk – Calais, 171.5 km.
July 6: 5th stage Lille Métropole – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 157 km.
July 7: 6th stage Binche (BEL) – Longwy, 219.9 km.
July 8: 7th stage Tomblaine – La super Planche des Belles Filles, 176.3 km.
July 9: 8th stage Dole – Lausanne, 186.3 km.
July 10: 9th stage Aigle – Châtel, 192.9 km.
July 11: rest in Morzine.
July 12: 10th stage Morzine – Megève, 148.1 km.
July 13: 11th stage Albertville – Col du Granon, 151.7 km. July 14: 12th stage Briançon – Alpe d’Huez, 165.1 km.
July 15: 13th stage Bourg d’Oisans – Saint-Etienne, 192.6 km.
July 16: 14th stage Saint-Etienne – Mende, 192.5 km.
July 17: 15th stage Rodez – Carcassonne, 202.5 km. July 18: rest in Carcassonne.
July 19: 16th stage Carcassonne – Foix, 178.5 km.
July 20: 17th stage Saint-Gaudens – Peyragudes, 129.7 km.
July 21: 18th stage Lourdes – Hautacam, 143.2 km.
July 22: 19th stage Castelnau-Magnoac – Cahors, 188.3 km.
July 23: 20th stage Lacapelle-Marival – Rocamadour, 40.7 km (individual time trial).
July 24: 21st stage Paris La Défense Arena – Paris Champs-Elysées, 115.6 km.
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