Stage 2 – Roskilde to Nyborg – 202.2km – Saturday July 2
One of the longest stages of this year’s race, the Tour’s first road stage begins on the island of Zealand and ends across the Great Belt strait on the island of Funen.
The day begins in Roskilde, home of the famous rock festival (which coincidentally also ends on Saturday). The opening hour is expected to be intense as riders battle to be part of the Tour’s first breakaway. With three Category 4 climbs in sight as the stage winds around the northern tip of the island, one of these escapees will take the polka dot jersey as the Tour’s first King of the Mountains competition leader at the end of the stage, making the formation of this breakaway one of the most competitive on the Tour of each year.
Things could get interesting as the race reaches the intermediate sprint at Kalundborg as the race takes a 180 degree turn and begins to head south along the west coast of Zealand. With wind forecast from the southwest at 10-20 mph, there will be several opportunities for the strongest teams in the Tour to split the race into stages here, and if that happens anyone not able to join the leading group before the race. the right turn over the 18km long Great Belt Bridge (which heads straight into the wind) could waste a lot of time.
The finish in Nyborg comes shortly after the riders left the bridge. The final is quite simple with only three turns inside the last 3 km. The road bends gently to the right inside the last 300 yards, but is wide and smooth, providing plenty of room to run.
Although wind could be a factor, the forecast calls for temperatures in the 70s and partly cloudy skies, which is good news after Friday’s rainy time trial.
Runners to watch
This is one of the few chances the sprinters on the Tour ground will have to win a stage in the first week of the Tour, so you can bet they will do everything they can to keep their men fast. in the lead of the race and on the front of any division of the peloton. Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) is a big favorite as he rides for a team that has perfected the art of mastering the rungs. and winning sprints on the Tour de France terrain. Expect to enjoy the rare sight of a rider wearing the yellow jersey (Belgian Yves Lampaert) leading his teammate in a bid to win the stage.
The Belgian Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), who is only 5 seconds behind Lampaert’s yellow jersey and who wants revenge after his upset defeat in stage 1, is the other big favourite. With time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds given to the top 3, van Aert can take the yellow jersey with a win or second place.
Other riders to watch include Australian Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal), Norwegian Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux), Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Dane Mads Pedersen (Trek- Segafredo).
When to watch
We plan to connect around 10:30 a.m. ET, just as runners prepare to cross the Great Belt Bridge. If the wind is stronger than expected, the race may have already collapsed, so if you are able to start your viewing earlier in the morning, you may not be disappointed.
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