The race starts this Friday with a 13-kilometre time trial in Copenhagen.

The race starts this Friday with a 13-kilometre time trial in Copenhagen.

The Tour de France gets underway on Friday in Copenhagen at the start of three stages through Denmark, a country that has never has hosted the 'Grande Boucle', in its 109th edition still under the threat of covid-19 and with the current champion, the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, as the immense favorite.

From a sporting point of view, the time trial on Friday (favorable to the world champion of the discipline, Filippo Ganna), and the arrival of the second stage, with a end very exposed to the wind on the bridge that joins the two largest islands in the country, they represent two not insignificant attractions.

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Nairo, on the attack

It before the return to France and the continuation of a spectacular first week, feared by the contenders for the general classification, and appreciated by the arrivals.

“The teams will do accounts in Arenberg (5th stage), it is possible that a certain number of favorites will be eliminated or stumble into cheats”, acknowledges Christian Prudhomme about the race, which will then attack two monumental stages through the Alps (Granon, Alpe d'Huez) and later the Pyrenees, with mythical high finishes in Peyragudes and Hautacam.

A long 40-kilometre time trial in the Lot, the Danish royal family's summer resort, will precede the final parade down the Champs-Elysées on July 24, at the end of 3,350 kilometres.

For Colombia, so far,There are two confirmed runners: Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) and Daniel Martínez (Ineos).

The race kicks off this Friday with a 13-kilometer time-trial in Copenhagen.

Nairo will do his ninth Tour and he already knows what the podium is, well it was second in 2013 and 2015 and third in 2016.

The cyclist from Boyacá reaches this instance with three partial victories, one in 2013, another in 2018 and the last one in 2019.

This year, Nairo has won the Tour de la Provence, the Tour de the Alpes-Maritimes, both with stage wins, was fifth in the Country-Nice and fourth in the Tour of Catalonia.

Similarly, he finished seventh in the Occitania Route, results that clearly show that his level is good.

he has as goals to go for the general classification, after last year he was unable to meet the goal of winning a stage and qualifying for the mountain prizes.

The race kicks off this Friday with a 13-kilometre time trial in Copenhagen.

Martínez, for his part, has options to reach higher than his compatriot. The Ineos rider can fight for the podium and depending on the conditions of the race, whatever happens, he can aspire to the podium and even the final victory.

His year has been exceptional, as he was third in the Tour of the Algarve, he is the national time trial champion, third in Paris Nice, 29th in the Grand Prix de Denain – Porte du Hainaut, he won the Tour of the Basque Country, one stage, he was fifth in the Flecha Wallona and fourth in the Liège Bastoña Liège and finished eighth in the Tour of Switzerland.

Daniel Martínez is experiencing an excellent sporting moment and the Tour is ideal for your conditions. There is mountain and 58 kilometers to the clock, but he is doing well in both efforts.

It will be the third time on the Tour, because in 2018 he finished 36th and in 2020 he was 19th, with a stage win in between.

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