Bonjour mes amis et velkommen til København. Stage One of the Tour de France kicked off with a 13.2km time trial around the rain-slicked roads of Denmark’s capital. All the maillot jaune money was on the four big names with skills against the clock, and boy did they perform. Filippo Ganna (INEOS-Grenadiers), Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team-Emirates) and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo Visma), all rode faster than Alpecin-Deceuninck’s Mathieu van der Poel. But they all had to cede to a lung-buster of a ride by Yves Lampaert who takes the first yellow jersey and the TDF lion plushie back to the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl bus.
Part Two of our Giro d’Italia 2022 A to Z kicks off with Now or Never – riders who saw their chance and took it! And we finish up with Zero stage wins … teams who unfortunately didn’t come away with victory. We also have tears, tiny fans, one very quixotic rider and the best cycling photographers in the world.
It seems as if it was both just yesterday and an eternity since the 2022 Giro d’Italia kickstarted in Budapest with fans cheering Attila Valter‘s name, ending in Verona with fans chanting Vincenzo Nibali‘s name. No, Nibali did not magically win the Giro today, it was simply his last one.