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Raucous crowds at the Copenhagen Tivoli theme park gave the Tour de France the kind of reception organisers could only have dreamed of on Wednesday. The loudest cheers were for Danish riders such as Jonas Vingegaard and for the biggest names led by champion Tadej Pogacar. Staff at the park said only rockstars had attracted such crowds before. Pogacar, who rides for UAE Team Emirates’, said he was excited too.

“As a team we are ready, and me and as an individual I’m ready too, so I can’t wait to start of Friday with the time trial,” the Slovenian said.

Denmark’ Crown Prince Frederick attended the official unveiling of the teams, two days before the 21-day Tour opens with an 8 mile time-trial, the first of three stages in Denmark. Tivoli Park has around 25 fairground rides. On Wednesday the 176 cyclists added one, riding round a special 1km track to be greeted by thousands of smiling, cheering and filming fans.

“I feel great, especially today with all these people in Copenhagen, you can only be happy.” said Pogacar.

Best rider vs. strongest team

Title challengers Primoz Roglic and Vingegaard, both of Jumbo Visma, said they believed their team’s two-leader strategy could finally deliver cycling’s most treasured prize. Roglic, a Slovenian, came second in 2020 and Vingegaard in 2021, both times behind Pogacar.

“As long as we work together, doing as good as possible together, we believe that we can beat him,” Roglic said,

Roglic pulled out in week one last year afer a fall and on Wednesday denied feeling threatened by his junior partner Vingegaard, who shone in his absence.

“We make each other stronger. When you have strong individuals around, the whole team gets stronger,” said the 32-year-old triple Vuelta a Espana winner. Vingegaard said he and Roglic enjoyed going for a beer together.

“Primoz and I are good friends also out of bike racing,” said the 25-year-old, , a former fish-factory worker from the small community of Hillerslev on Denmark’s North Sea coast. Both Roglic and Vingegaard talked of surviving the first week. Team boss Merijn Zeeman rejected the notion.

“I don’t like the term ‘surviving’ because we are not afraid. We stay on the bike and stay up front,” Zeeman said of Jumbo’s tendency to race from the front.

“Surviving sounds like we are not sleeping at night because we are afraid of the first week.”

“In the best scenario, both of them are better than Pogacar.”

“It’s not a secret that Pogacar is the big favourite.

“We need everybody to be at his top level and we definitely need a two-leader strategy.

Ineos underdog

The once-mighty Ineos team last won the race with Egan Bernal three years ago.

On Wednesday, 2018 champion Geraint Thomas said he was more of a chaperone to Dani Martinez of Colombia and British rider Adam Yates as they chase Pogacar and Jumbo.

“Its going to be hard to beat them, but the vibe in the team is as good as ever, we have some good guys, there’s a good atmosphere and we are looking forwards to getting stuck in,” said Thomas, who promised an aggressive race.

“Adam and Dani are the leaders of the team and I want to help them, so I’ll be swearing at them at 40mph in the wind, and I’m going to enjoy that.”

Yates has just recovered from Covid-19, but was looking relaxed and happy.

“It’ll be every man for himself,” Yates said.

“Me and Poggo had some good battles. I just hope to be at my best.”

Later on Wednesday, the Tour teams were due to parade in central Copenhagen with excitement building towards Friday’s Grand Depart, with Ineos rider Filippo Ganna favorite in a downtown time-trial.”It would be nice to wear the yellow jersey, nothing is easy but I want to try and put that in my museum,” the Italian said.

“We’ll see Friday if we can all celebrate together.”

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THE 22 TEAMS OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE

Tadej Pogacar (SLO – UAE Team Emirates)

UAE Team Emirates

Tadej POGACAR
George BENNETT
Mikkel BJERG
Marc HIRSCHI
Vegard Stake LAENGEN
Rafał MAJKA
Brandon MCNULTY
Marc SOLER

Ben O’Connor (AUS – AG2R Citroen Team)

AG2R Citroen Team

Ben O’CONNOR
Geoffrey BOUCHARD
Mikael CHEREL
Benoit COSNEFROY
Stan DEWULF
Oliver NAESEN
Aurélien PARET-PEINTRE
Bob JUNGELS

Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS – Bora – Hansgrohe)

BORA – hansgrohe

Aleksandr VLASOV
Lennard KÄMNA
Patrick KONRAD
Marco HALLER
Felix GROßSCHARTNER
Nils POLITT
Max SCHACHMANN
Danny VAN POPPEL

Wout Van Aert (BEL – Team Jumbo – Visma)

Jumbo Visma

Primoz ROGLIC
Tiesj BENOOT
Steven KRUIJSWIJK
Sepp KUSS
Christophe LAPORTE
Wout VAN AERT
Nathan VAN HOOYDONCK
Jonas VINGEGAARD

Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team

Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team

Yves LAMPAERT
Kasper ASGREEN
Mattia CATTANEO
Florian SENECHAL
Andrea BAGIOLI
Mikkel HONORE
Fabio JAKOBSEN
Michael MORKOV

Filippo Ganna (ITA – INEOS Grenadiers)

INEOS Grenadiers

Jonathan CASTROVIEJO
Filippo GANNA
Daniel Felipe MARTÍNEZ
Thomas PIDCOCK
Luke ROWE
Geraint THOMAS
Dylan VAN BAARLE
Adam YATES

Enric Mas (ESP – Movistar Team)

Movistar Team

Enric MAS
Carlos VERONA
Imanol ERVITI
Albert TORRES
Gorka IZAGIRRE
Matteo JORGENSON
Gregor MUHLBERGER
Nelson OLIVEIRA

Cofidis

Cofidis

Guillaume MARTIN
Bryan COQUARD
Simon GESCHKE
Ion IZAGIRRE
Victor LAFAY
Anthony PEREZ
Benjamin THOMAS
Max WALSCHEID

Damiano Caruso (ITA – Bahrain Victorious)

Bahrain – Victorious

Damiano CARUSO
Kamil GRADEK
Jack HAIG
Matej MOHORIČ
Luis Leon SÁNCHEZ
Dylan TEUNS
Jan TRATNIK
Fred WRIGHT

Groupama – FDJ

Groupama – FDJ

David GAUDU
Antoine DUCHESNE
Kevin GENIETS
Stefan KUNG
Olivier LE GAC
Valentin MADOUAS
Thibaut PINOT
Michael STORER

Mathieu Van Der Poel (NED – Alpecin – Deceuninck)

Alpecin-Deceuninck

Mathieu VAN DER POEL
Silvan DILLIER
Michael GOGL
Alexander KRIEGER
Jasper PHILIPSEN
Edward PLANCKAERT
Kristian SBARAGLI
Guillaume VAN KEIRSBULCK

Romain Bardet (FRA – Team DSM)

Team DSM

Romain BARDET
Alberto DAINESE
John DEGENKOLB
Nils EEKHOFF
Chris HAMILTON
Andreas LEKNESSUND
Martijn TUSVELD
Kevin VERMAERKE

Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux

Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux

Alexander KRISTOFF
Kobe GOOSSENS
Sven Erik BYSTRØM
Louis MEINTJES
Andrea PASQUALON
Adrien PETIT
Taco VAN DER HOORN
Georg ZIMMERMANN

Rigoberto Uran (COL – EF Education – EasyPost)

EF Education-EasyPost

Rigoberto URAN
Ruben GUERREIRO
Alberto BETTIOL
Stefan BISSEGGER
Owain DOULL
Magnus CORT
Neilson POWLESS
Jonas RUTSCH

Astana Qazaqstan Team

Astana Qazaqstan Team

Alexey LUTSENKO
Joe DOMBROWSKI
Fabio FELLINE
Dmitriy GRUZDEV
Gianni MOSCON
Alexandr RIABUSHENKO
Simone VELASCO
Andrey ZEITS

Nairo Quintana (COL – Team Arkea Samsic)

Team Arkea Samsic

Nairo QUINTANA
Warren BARGUIL
Maxime BOUET
Amaury CAPIOT
Hugo HOFSTETTER
Matis LOUVEL
Connor SWIFT
Lukasz OWSIAN

Caleb Ewan (AUS – Lotto Soudal)

Lotto Soudal

Caleb EWAN
Frederik FRISON
Philippe GILBERT
Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG
Andreas KRON
Brent VAN MOER
Florian VERMEERSCH
Tim WELLENS

Mads Pedersen (DEN – Trek – Segafredo) – Bauke Mollema (NED – Trek – Segafredo)

Trek – Segafredo

Mads PEDERSEN
Giulio CICCONE
Quinn SIMMONS
Tony GALLOPIN
Alex KIRSCH
Bauke MOLLEMA
Toms SKUJIŅŠ
Jasper STUYVEN

Peter Sagan (SVK – Totalenergies)

TotalEnergies

Peter SAGAN
Maciej BODNAR
Edvald BOASSON HAGEN
Mathieu BURGAUDEAU
Pierre LATOUR
Daniel OSS
Anthony TURGIS
Alexis VUILLERMOZ

Chris Froome (GBR – Israel – Premier Tech)

Israel – Premier Tech

Jakob FUGLSANG
Simon CLARKE
Chris FROOME
Guillaume BOIVIN
Hugo HOULE
Daryl IMPEY
Krists NEILANDS
Michael WOODS

Dylan Groenewegen (NED – Team BikeExchange – Jayco)

Team BikeExchange – Jayco

Michael MATTHEWS
Jack BAUER
Luke DURBRIDGE
Dylan GROENEWEGEN
Amund JANSEN
Christopher JUUL-JENSEN
Luka MEZGEC
Nick SCHULTZ

B&B Hotels – KTM

B&B Hotels – KTM

Franck BONNAMOUR
Cyril BARTHE
Alexis GOUGEARD
Jeremy LECROQ
Cyril LEMOINE
Luca MOZZATO
Pierre ROLLAND
Sebastian SCHONBERGER

 

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