Tour de France: will the Swiss do well?

Tour de France: will the Swiss do well?

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Four Swiss riders will meet on Friday at the start of the Tour de France. While Marc Hirschi can savor his last-minute selection, Stefan Bissegger and Stefan Küng are thinking about the first yellow jersey of the Tour. Silvan Dillier completes the Swiss quartet in the service of the astonishing Mathieu van der Poel.

For ambitions in the general classification on the Swiss side, we have to go back to Mathias Frank, the last to have managed to slip into the top-10. The Lucernois, now retired from competition, finished 8th in 2015.

Two rollers for the first yellow

Hirschi thought he had to follow the Tour on TV. The 23-year-old Bernese, who had shone in 2020 for his debut on the roads of France with a stage victory and the designation of the most combative rider of the event, had not been selected at first. by the UAE Emirates team after their Covid infection.

The former U23 world champion, who had made the Tour his main objective of the season, was finally called in to replace his teammate Matteo Trentin, himself infected with the coronavirus.

Switzerland will be able to count on 2 recognized time trial specialists, Küng and Bissegger. As the Tour de France begins for the first time in 5 years with an individual time trial, the 2 Thurgoviens have a theoretical chance of wearing the 1st yellow jersey of the Tour. The last Swiss rider to wear it was Fabian Cancellara in 2015.

While Bissegger is present for the 2nd time on the Tour, it is already Küng’s 6th participation. In 2017, as a beginner, he took 2nd place in the prologue behind Geraint Thomas, a future winner of the Grande Boucle.

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Küng also tested positive

The 2 Swiss riders had a hectic preparation to say the least before the meeting of the season. Bissegger waited a long time for a negative test after his infection at the Tour de Suisse. It wasn’t until the last day before leaving for Denmark that the rider from the EF Education team was able to produce the required result in a test.

Küng (Groupama) was also affected by the coronavirus after the Tour de Suisse, which he finished in 5th place. The European time trial champion had tested positive in the middle of last week after the birth of his son. “I had symptoms, I was only able to start training again quietly over the weekend. Of course, there are better preparations. But it’s like that“, notes the Thurgovian who thus tempers his hopes for the 1st time.

Stages (01-24.07)

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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