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Press Releases | 02.07.2022

Strong fourth place for Danny Van Poppel in first Tour de France bunch sprint

The first road stage in this year’s Tour de France brought the expected hectic final. Even the wind came most of the day from the front, one could feel the tension in the bunch. After an early break was caught the race was full on when the peloton entered the Great Belt Bridge where a first big crash including the Yellow Jersey happened. The race came back together again but another crash just outside the kilometer mark forced another split. BORA – hansgrohe was always present at the front and also managed to avoid all crashes. Danny Van Poppel was surfing from wheel to wheel to finally cross the line in fourth place while F. Jakobsen took the win and the Yellow Jersey sits now on the shoulders of W. Van Aert. 


01       F. Jakobsen                     4:34:34

02       W. Van Aert                       + 0:00

03       M. Pedersen                      + 0:00

04       D. Van Poppel                  + 0:00


From the finish line

“I think it is one of my talents to find a wheel without a real lead-out and to surf from wheel to wheel. After the bridge they went full gas, and it was really hard and Groenewegen ahead of me exploded a little bit. I had the power to pass him, and I wanted to go early, but there was a lot of headwind and I just followed when the sprint started. I took fourth and I am really happy with the result.” – Danny Van Poppel

“It was definitely different than I expected. I thought there will be people at the start and finish and maybe at some points. But there have been people everywhere the whole 200km. I expected the race to be hectic, and it was hectic. But the team did a great job to keep me in position and out of trouble and actually, it was a day where I could save some energy.” – Aleksandre Vlasov

“The race turned out as we expected. Because of the headwind it was not a lot of action during the stage even there was always some pressure in the bunch. But because of that relatively easy stage the final was even more frantic as a lot of guys had still something left in the tank. For us it was a good day, we stayed out of trouble and to have Danny in fourth place in the end is a bonus.” – Rolf Aldag, sports director

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