VeloVoices Podcast 196: I Don’t Like Bridges At The Best Of Times

Kathi, Luke, Midge and Euan are here to run through the Grand Depart stages of the 2022 Tour de France.

From horrible helmets, through gilet gaffes to  KC and the Sunshine Band we bring you the good, the bad and the ugly from Denmark

Questions under discussion:

  • Will Kathi ever warm to Yves Lampaert?
  • Is Rigoberto Uran a genuine GC contender?
  • Why do we always fall for the echelons hype?
  • Does Denmark have mountains?

There’s views, debates and laughs along the way. And if you’re on Twitter let us know who we should be following on @Velovoices

Listen here:

Stage 1 review : Yves Lampaert takes a surprise yellow

Stage 2 review : Feel good win for Jakobsen while Wout slips into yellow

Stage 3 review : Groenewegen’s return; Wout stays in yellow

 

Tour de France 2022: Stage 3 – Groenewegen’s return; Wout stays in yellow

It’s been nearly two years since Fabio Jakobsen and Dylan Groenewegen collided at the Tour of Poland, resulting in a long physical recovery for Jakobsen and a long mental recovery for Groenewegen. Fast forward to the conclusion of this year’s Grand Depart in Denmark and we’ve seen both men return to the top of the sport. Jakobsen blasted off a sprint win in stage 2 yesterday, of course, and Groenewegen took a photo finish win in the sprint today. The Dutchman, who now rides for BikeExchange, narrowly edged out VeloVoices lover boy and yellow jersey wearer, Wout van Aert, while Alpecin’s Jasper Philipsen finished third.

The general classification remains largely unchanged with van Aert stretching his yellow jersey lead to 7sec as the race makes its way to France. In an unfortunate sign of the argy bargy-ness and nerves of the start of the race, the likes of EF’s Rigoberto Uran, and Bahrain’s Damiano Caruso and Jack Haig – as well as many others – lost just under 40 seconds as the result of a crash in the final 10km.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 2 – Feel-good win for Jakobsen while Wout slips into yellow

The second stage of the 2022 Tour de France hit the open roads and bridges of Denmark. Much chaos was predicted, but the racing was quite straightforward, though marred by a number of nervous crashes. QuickStep Alpha Vinyl’s Fabio Jakobsen took a feel-good sprint win, while Jumbo Visma’s Wout van Aert came second on the stage, enough to bag him the leader’s yellow jersey.

How it went down

Oh, Denmark, you tried. You served up some potential peril at the start of this race. Yesterday, you treated the riders to a soggy and sinuous time trial course and today coastal roads, crosswinds and the biggest bridge known to (Danish) mankind was on offer. We should know better by now, shouldn’t we? The more a stage is hyped up to have epic potential, the more likely it is to be… well… a bit dull. The crosswinds didn’t cross hard enough, the bridge looked great but didn’t provide decisive action. It all came down to a fairly bog-standard sprint finish.

Things that did happen

There’s no sport like cycling for paying tribute to its own. It’s been less than a year since Chris Anker Sorensen was killed after being hit by a van while riding his bike