Martin Lange, edited by Romain Rouillard 2:33 p.m., July 01, 2022

The famous Tour de France starts this Friday near Copenhagen in Denmark, for the first time in its history.

From 4 p.m., the first stage will take place with a 13-kilometer time trial in the heart of the Danish capital and its emblematic places.

Europe 1 went there.

The great annual and worldwide cycling festival is back.

The 109th edition of the Tour de France starts this Friday in Copenhagen, Denmark for the first time in its history.

In the Scandinavian capital, the excitement is in full swing.

This afternoon, there were already a lot of people around the village, the start of this first stage.

It will be a 13 kilometer time trial in the heart of Copenhagen.

The runners will pass in front of all the emblems of the city: the Queen Louise bridge, the famous little mermaid or even the winter residence of the royal family.

A Frenchman will open the ball

The first to start will be a novice, the young Frenchman Jérémy Lecroq who will leave at 4 p.m.

Then, very quickly, favorites will tread the asphalt like David Gaudu, the FDJ rider who has "the slab" in his own words.

"I feel good about myself and the sensations, things have been going really well at home lately, so I'm already looking forward to the start. I'm focused, I'm already focused on the first stages. I can't wait to see how it will respond. I can't wait to see the result of the time trial and I'm already looking forward to the coming weekend, "says the tricolor.

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Rain expected at the end of the day

All the big names in the peloton have chosen to start early, between 4 and 5 p.m. for the most part, because rain is expected in Copenhagen at the end of the day.

In this way, it will be easier to avoid falls. Moreover, three of the big favorites of the day will start in a row: the world time trial champion Filippo Ganna then, a minute later, the prodigy Belgian Wout Van Aert, before the double title holder, Tadej Pogacar, who will start at 5:05 p.m.

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