The Tour de France starts today with a cloud hanging over it after the Bahrain Victorious team, winners of three stages in last year’s race, was subjected to a second police raid in a week. Jeremy Whittle reports …
A tour of the Danish capital’s beauty spots – the Little Mermaid, the Kastellet fortress, the Tivoli Gardens – in a time trial opener that is long enough to create real time gaps between the main contenders, and has a wealth of corners to cause mayhem if it rains. The distance will suit Primoz Roglic but the big favourite will be a specialist such as Filippo Ganna (Ineos) or Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).
Our in-depth look at every team, the main riders to watch and the cast of characters racing through France this summer. Words: William Fotheringham.
The 109th Tour de France kicks off in Copenhagen, with a short, flat, extremely technical 13.2km time trial that will take the 176 riders from 22 different teams on a scenic route around the Danish capital that will hardly leave a cliche unexplored as they take in the Little Mermaid, the royal palace of Amalieborg and the city hall.
The winner of the last two Tours despite being just 23 years of age, it is no surprise that UAE Team Emirates rider Tadej Pogacar is the overwhelming favourite but the young Slovenian will need plenty of good fortune to go along with his undeniable talent if he is to finish in yellow and make it a hat-trick of wins.
With a distance of 3,328km to cover, incorporating six flat stages, five summit finishes, several unpredictably punchy stages, two individual time trials and up to 20 kilometres of cobbles all manner of things could go wrong. The fun starts today and the first rider is due down the ramp in Copenhagen at 3pm (BST)