Mathieu van der Poel started as one of the first in the field and was in first place with 15.30 for a long time. Until in a short time Filippo Ganna, Tadej Pogacar and Wout van Aert dived under his time. Moments later, the latter watched with amazement and appreciation how his compatriot was five seconds faster. Van Aert therefore finished second, ahead of Pogacar (3), Ganna (4) and Van der Poel (5).
Night and happy
At the start of the time trial it rained quite a bit in Copenhagen and that meant that the riders had to be careful here and there. “I certainly did not take too much risk,” Van der Poel said to the NOS† “I have tried to cut the corners as best as possible, but I may be a little disappointed,” said the man who drove six stages in yellow last year. Van der Poel looks with confidence to the coming week, in which he expects to be able to mean something. “I will not make the difference in the next two stages, but after that I will see some opportunities in Belgium.”
Mathieu van der Poel
Bauke Mollema started a little earlier than Van der Poel, and scored 15.34. The Groninger also suffered from the soaking wet roads in the Danish capital. “You don’t know exactly how to take the corners. In retrospect you sometimes think: I could have taken it a little harder.” Mollema eventually clocked the ninth time. The Trek-Segafredo rider was seventeen seconds slower than Lampaert.
On Saturday, the riders will ride a ride of 199 kilometers, again on Danish territory. The peloton then cycles from Roskilde to Nyborg. On paper a sprint stage, with only a few small climbs of the fourth category in the first half of the race. The venom is in the tail. After all, the coastline is followed from the intermediate sprint and the finish is after the 18 kilometer long Great Belt Bridge. The wind will cause the necessary nervousness. An excellent opportunity for the specialists to draw fans.
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