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

Tour de France 2022: Stage 1 – Yves Lampaert takes a surprise yellow

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.

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Tweets of the Week 2022 : Stared down, boxed in and out-tufted

Much like Tadej Pogacar in Sunday’s Ronde final, I got stared down and boxed in by my relentless work schedule so let’s just pretend that this is going out on Tuesday. We have all the best Ronde tweets, some great photo galleries from the Grubers (as per usual!), baby pictures and much much more.

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