Triumph for the damned.
, the Dutchman who caused that brutal fall of
in the 2020 Tour of Poland, imposed his authority in the second mass arrival of the Tour de France and defeated
Wout Van Aer
t, leader of the General and the Regularity.
The sprint was frustrating for
, who lamented being stuck at the fences in the final sprint.
A stage with a nervous ending due to the roads dotted with islands that made it difficult for the runners to pass.
With nine kilometers to go there was a pileup in which
was injured .
Groenewegen, who added his fifth victory in his five participations in the
shared the spotlight with Van Aert, first in the main classifications and the great media reference of this start of the round in Denmark.
The Tour website recalls that Van Aert becomes the fifth rider in history to wear the leader's jersey in Paris-Nice, Critérium du Dauphiné and Tour de France in the same season.
did it before .
He also assures that before him there were only five cyclocross world champions who had been leaders of the Tour de France:
, rainbow in 1950 and yellow for two days in 1947 and 1953;
, rainbow three times in 1960, 1961, and 1963, and yellow two days in 1968;
, rainbows in 1985 and 1987, and yellows for two days in 1978;
Adrie van der Poe
l, rainbow in 1996 and yellow one day in 1984;
and his son
De he Mathieu
, rainbow in 2015, 2019, 2020 and 2021 and yellow six days in 2021.
The hero of the day was
Magnus Cort Nielsen
, the Dane who dazzled his compatriots at the Tour caravan's farewell.
The rider broke away at the starting flag, in Vejle, and was 130 kilometers ahead of the peloton, until the Sonderborg finish line.
His goal was to score points in the three port drills to secure his lead in the Mountain Ranking.
Cort Nielsen will go down in history for crowning the lowest peak of this edition of the Tour:
, a height of only 40 meters.
In the recent past of the
we find a lower port, in 2018, Vix, with 29 meters above sea level.
Curiosities of minor rank of this Tour that this Sunday leaves Denmark and that on Monday rests for the transfer to Dunkirk
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