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Tour de France - Cycling: Stage One Preview

The Tour de France begins on Friday and for the first time since 2017, the race begins with a time-trial and Filippo Ganna could be the man to beat.

Geraint Thomas was the winner five years ago in Dusseldorf and it is another city outside of l'Hexagone that hosts the opener, with Copenhagen setting the scene.

The 13.2km route has been designed to show off the best of the Danish capital, with the riders set to speed past the likes of the Tivoli Gardens and the Little Mermaid before finishing on H. C. Andersens Boulevard.

It looks set to be a day for specialists to power their way around, with the added motivation that the rider that comes out on top may be able to hold onto yellow for a decent spell.

A rare Friday start to the Tour also adds to the excitement, while the purists will appreciate Christian Prudhomme's decision to open the Tour with a race against the clock.

The 2022 Tour de France at bet365

What

Tour de France, Stage One

Where

Copenhagen, Denmark

When

15:00 UK, Friday 1st July

How to watch

Live on ITV4, Eurosport, Discovery+ & GCN+

Odds

Filippo Ganna 11/10, Wout Van Aert 11/4, Stefan Bissegger 11/4, Stefan Kung 12/1, Matthieu Van Der Poel 14/1, Mads Pederson 18/1

Stage One Route Details

The riders will roll out on Noore Farimagsgade, before turning left to cross the bridge over Sortedams So. A quick loop back to the water includes a run past the Sankt Johannes Kirke, before taking in other sites such as Parken Stadium, Kastellet and Amalienborg.

A couple of technical corners precede the fast finish down H. C. Andersens Boulevard and home.

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Three to Follow

Filippo Ganna

Thomas won in Germany and another Team Ineos-Grenadiers man could be the one to watch.
Filippo Ganna is the two-time reigning world time-trial champion and has already won five times against the clock in 2022.

While his prologue success at the Tour de la Provence and his victory at the Etoile de Besseges may be brushed aside, his other three successes have been notable triumphs.

He had too much for Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team's Remco Evenepoel at Tirreno-Adriatico, while he bested Team Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert at the Criterium du Dauphine on 8th June.
 
A third Italian champion's jersey followed recently and he looks primed to mark his Tour de France debut in style at 11/10 to win the opener.

Ganna has twice worn the leader's pink jersey at the Giro d'Italia following opening day wins and could well add a yellow to his haul.

Stefan Bisseggar

A man who could push Ganna hard is EF Education-EasyPost's Stefan Bissegger at 11/4. The 23-year-old is the latest in a long line of Swiss stars to excel against the clock but has had a relatively quiet 2022.

He burst onto the scene last year by winning TTs at both Paris-Nice and the Tour de Suisse, with the former seeing him defeat the likes of now-Olympic champion Primoz Roglic and 2018 and 2019 World champion Rohan Dennis.

Bisseggar's sole major win in 2022 came in the 9km effort at the UAE Tour and saw him destroy a stellar field by a full seven seconds.

Ganna was the man behind him, while 2017 world champion Tom Dumoulin was third and double Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar fourth.

Similar to his Italian rival, the flat Parcours suits his characteristics and he will surely fly off the ramp.

He should also be calmer than some of his rivals, having experienced last year's Tour and may also feel he has a point to prove having not shown up as well as he would have liked in 2021.

Wout van Aert

Is there anything this man can't do? Last year, Van Aert did the seemingly impossible in backing up his win in the penultimate day time-trial by winning the closing sprint on the Champs Elysees.

The 2022 Tour route looks to suit the Belgian as he and Jumbo-Visma eye a run at the green jersey. Yellow for Primoz Roglic or Jonas Vingegaard might be their preference but there is every chance they could win both classifications.

Van Aert, priced at 11/4, could take both with a win in Copenhagen and he showed his strength against the clock by taking the TT at Paris-Nice and finishing second to Ganna at the Dauphine.

The profile of the opening week suggests that Van Aert could go on a winning spree. Success on Friday could set both him and his team up for a fruitful three weeks.

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