Belgian cyclist Lampaert wins opening stage of Tour de France

31-year-old captures yellow jersey in time of 15 minutes, 17 seconds in Danish capital of Copenhagen

Emre Aşıkçı   | 01.07.2022
Belgian cyclist Lampaert wins opening stage of Tour de France FILE PHOTO


Belgium's Yves Lampaert claimed victory in the opening stage of Tour de France on Friday. 

Lampaert of the Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl team came first around the Danish capital of Copenhagen in a time of 15 minutes and 17 seconds.

With this win, the 31-year-old cyclist captured the yellow jersey, finishing the race ahead of his countryman Wout Van Aert and third-placed Tadej Pogacar from Slovenia.

The second stage of the Tour de France will be a 199-km (123 miles) ride from Roskilde to Nyborg on Saturday.

The first three stages will be hosted by Denmark, but the 109th edition of the tour will visit Belgium in the sixth round and then Switzerland in the eighth and ninth stages.

There will be two rest days, and a transfer day after the third stage, as well as two individual time trial stages in the 2022 Tour.

Following the third stage, teams will travel from Denmark to the French city of Dunkirk near the Belgian border.

The riders will also climb four mountain massifs – the Vosges, Alps, Massif Central, and Pyrenees – before the final stage on July 24 between Paris La Defense Arena and Champs Elysees, which is 116 km (72 miles).

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