The competition will be a 13-kilometer individual time trial in Copenhagen, and then the second stage will lead the team across the 18-kilometer-long Great Belt Bridge.
“It’s windy here 364 days a year,” Tour Director Christian Prudhomme told reporters on Thursday.
Those who cross the Flanders Mountains through the three-day opening and fourth stages of Denmark must pass through the cobblestone section between Lille and Allenburg for the fifth stage.
At that time, light climbers were expected to suffer damage from collisions and mechanical problems throughout the day due to the tricky terrain that usually favors one-day race experts.
“To go through these stages and hope to win the tour, you need to be a versatile driver and have a strong team at your disposal,” said Thierry Gouvenou, deputy tour director.
Pogacar, who defeated his opponent in the mountain last year, also proved that he is a powerful one-day classic rider, this year he won the Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Giro di Lombardia Monument. Route, it’s hard to see beyond his tour favorites.
“Since the end of this year’s tour, I have been waiting for this moment,” Pogacar told reporters at the awards ceremony on Thursday.
“I look forward to the game. It has everything and it will be fun. I don’t know which is the key stage. There are many stages to lose the tour, and there are many stages to win it.”
The race will reach the highest point of Col du Galibier at an altitude of 2,607 meters, and reach the summit of Col du Granon (2,413 meters) after 11.3 kilometers of hard work. The average gradient is 9.3%.
Stage 12 started at Briancon and ended at the iconic Alpe d’Huez (13.8 km, 8.1%), the same route as the 1986 Tour, when five-time champions Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond crossed the finish line hand in hand. One or two.
The Frenchman once said that after benefiting from the help of the Americans in the last race, he will help his La Vie Claire team win the race for one year.
“Both of them should participate in the tour at this stage next year,” Prudholm said of the former driver.
After two brutal stages in the Pyrenees, the race will be a 40-kilometer individual time trial in southwestern France and the main parade to the Champs Elysées in Paris.
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