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Who Will Win Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2022?

Filippo Ganna, by Fabio Ragagnin, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0
Filippo Ganna, by Fabio Ragagnin, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Who will win Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2022?

It’s a 13.2km individual time trial around Copenhagen. The course isn’t technical and there are no hills, so it should all come down to power, technique and aerodynamics.

Here are some possible winners.

1) Filippo Ganna

Ganna is probably the best time triallist in the world at the moment, and he is the current (2021) World Champion. The course should suit him.

Here he is talking to Eurosport.

He seems like a very nice chap, and relaxed too. On the other hand he rides for the climate wrecking and SUVs team, which is disappointing.

Did you know? Fillipo’s father Marco was an Olympic sprint canoer.

2) Rohan Dennis

Rohan Dennis
Rohan Dennis at the 2019 UCI World Championships

Rohan Dennis is one of a trio of Jumbo Visma riders who could win Stage 1.

He was World Champion in 2019 (pictured above on his ride). He is an ITT specialist, but there is perhaps a slight question whether his very best days may be behind him.

3) Primoz Roglic

Roglic is the second of the Jumbo riders who may be in with a shout.

Logically, Roglic should do very well but not as well as those riders who are totally focused on the TTs rather than on the overall race result.

4) Wout van Aert

Wout van Aert, by Clémence LN, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0
Wout van Aert, by Clémence LN, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Wout van Aert, the third card that Jumbo Visma have to play, can do nearly everything. In the Stage 4 Dauphiné individual time trial he was second to Ganna, only 2s down.

Van Aert has a realistic chance of winning the stage and taking the yellow jersey.

5) Tadej Pogacar

Pogacar ought not to be a candidate to win on a flat, pure-power parcours, but he has surprised people before and may do so again.

Other outside bets could include Mathieu Van der Poel and Geraint Thomas. Who have I missed out?

Who Will Win Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2022?

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