The first stage of the 2022 Tour de France ended, with victory for Yves Lampaert, who beat the favorites Filippo Ganna and Wout van Aert, while the favorites focused on their fight.
Here are five takeaways from the day, a time trial of 13 .2 kilometers in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Pogacar, moral blow
It is not a surprise, but Tadej Pogacar was the best in the time trial of the men who will fight for the overall.
The current Tour champion stopped the clock in 15 min 24 seconds, he did not make abysmal differences, but that counts for what is to come. It's like a first blow that he gives.
Leading man of the UAE Emirates, he finished off well, because in the first half he lost second. In the end, he beat Jonas Vingegaard by 8 seconds, Primoz Roglic by 9 seconds,Geraint Thomas put 18 s and with reference to Daniel Martínez, because he already put 37 s and Nairo Quintana beat him by 42 s.
Daniel, it went well
The Colombian from the Ineos team set a time of 16 min 01 s. The cyclist from Soacha, Cundinamarca, loses by 37 seconds to Pogacar, which indicates that the Slovenian beat him by 2.4 seconds per kilometer.
Martínez, national champion of the specialty, yields 28 s to Roglic, 19 swith his partner Thomas, 21 s with Yates and 29 s with Vingegaard, a good stretch for him.
Although he goes to the clock, because with those great specialists he must lose, but the difference is in accordance with what is expected of him, for his strength, which is the mountains.
That's hardly ever said about Nairo at a stage like this. He has been one of the best in his history, because he lost by 5 s with Martínez, in a great effort.
Quintana has aspirations to get on the podium this time and for that the fight against the clock was very good. Lose 42 s to Pogacar, 34 s to Vingegaard, 35 to Roglic, 24 s to Thomas, and 27 s to Yates.
It's a good start if you analyze that he gave up 3.2 seconds per kilometer with Pogacar, the best time of the great favorites to the crown.
Urán, in debt
The time of Rigoberto Uran. At the finish he left a time of 16 minutes 31 seconds, far from his best results in this kind of effort.
Urán comes from covid, he retired in the last Tour of Switzerland, he was hardly able to train before facing the Tour, so the result is normal, but he harms.
He already loses 1min 07s to Pogacar, Roglic leads him by 58s, Thomas beats him by 44s, Daniel beats him by 29s and Nairo by 35s.
And the others?
Vingegaard came out stronger. After Pogacar he is the best candidate to win the competition. With the Slovenian he loses only 8 s, he beats his partner in the Jumbo Visma Roglic by a second.
And regarding the current champion of the Vuelta a España, he was on his own, although he was expected to be closer to Pogacar. The winner of the Tour in the last two editions is already 9 s ahead of him, a little, but it's 9 seconds, but he beats Thomas, Yates and Daniel Martínez.
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