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Tour de France 2022 LIVE – Stage 1 result: Yves Lampaert beats Tadej Pogacar and Geraint Thomas to Yellow Jersey

Yves Lampaert beat out Wout van Aert and two-time defending champion Tadej Pogacar to claim the first Yellow Jersey of the 2022 Tour de France in a rain-impacted Copenhagen time trial

Belgian rider Yves Lampaert won the Tour de France opening stage while two-time defending champion and favourite Tadej Pogacar impressed by finishing third on Friday.

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Pogacar placed ahead of his Slovenian countryman and main rival Primoz Roglic, the 2020 runner-up, who was eighth in the time trial. Lampaert is a former world champion in team time trial but this was his first stage win at the three-week Tour. He clocked 15 minutes, 17 seconds on the 13-kilometer (eight-mile) route around Copenhagen. The Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl rider was five seconds ahead of countryman Wout van Aert — Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma teammate — and seven ahead of Pogacar, who leads UAE Team Emirates. Pogacar was nine seconds clear of Roglic.

Adam Yates and Tour debutant Tom Pidcock impressed on their return from Covid-19, with the Ineos Grenadiers pair 13th and 15th, 16 and 17 seconds off Pogacar’s time respectively. Team-mate Geraint Thomas, who rode the stage in a gilet after forgetting to take it off before the start, was one second further back.

The Copenhagen crowd produced a fine atmosphere in the soggy conditions, with local rider Jonas Vingegaard — Roglic’s teammate and the Tour runner-up last year — sparking wild cheers as he rolled down the start ramp. He placed seventh, one second ahead of Roglic.

Tour de France 2022 Stage 2 preview: Route map and profile

The Tour de France resumes for Stage 2 on Saturday after Yves Lampaert claimed the first Yellow Jersey in a shock win in a soaked Copenhagen. The Belgian beat out defending champion Tadej Pogacar by seven seconds in an impressive 15 minutes and 17 seconds to beat compatriot Wout van Aert by five seconds.

With GC contenders Primoz Roglic, Jonas Vingegaard and Geraint Thomas all safely negotiating the treacherous conditions, attentions switches to another stage which could be defined by weather.

Stage 2 promises spectacular imagery and, if the wind picks up, plenty of action on the road as the peloton traces the Danish coastline before crossing the majestic Great Belt Bridge.

One of the beauties of the Grand Depart going on Tour is that it throws up totally unknown routes and almost anything could happen on a day like this one. Fierce crosswinds could split the pack and put a serious dent in the hopes of those who come out on the wrong side.

Tour de France 2022 – Stage 1: Yves Lampaert reacts to shock win

Lampaert: “Everybody is free to pedal as hard as he can in a time trial, but to beat Van Aert, Van der Poel, Ganna, it’s unbelievable for me. The roads were still really wet when I went, so I think I had the same conditions as the main favourites. I always thought on the corners, ‘Yves, go faster, trust in your tyres, or you’ll lose seconds in the corners.’

“And in the end I came in 5 seconds up on Van Aert. I think I’ll only realise what I’ve done when the Tour is over and I go back to my family. Or maybe on Monday when I see my girlfriend and my son. I think I have to be proud of myself.

“I’ll be thinking of the team on the podium and also my best friend Tim Declercq, who had to go home [due to COVID-19 – ed.] I really wanted to celebrate this moment with him, even if I didn’t expect to have it. It’s a pity he’s not here.”

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