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Wetting the appetite: Behind the scenes gallery at the Tour de France Stage 1 in Copenhagen

The 2022 Grand Départ was dominated by the weather, but spirits weren’t dampened

Will Strickson
1 Jul 2022

The 2022 Tour de France has officially begun, as riders got their campaigns off to a very wet start at the Grand Départ in Copenhagen, Denmark.

QuickStep Alpha Vinyl’s Yves Lampaert shocked the favourites – and himself – to win the stage and bag at least a day in the yellow jersey, he sits five seconds ahead of Wout van Aert and seven ahead of defending champion Tadej Pogačar, who made a solid start in his quest to go back-to-back-to-back.

Cyclist had boots (wet shoes) on the ground in København to go behind the scenes at cycling’s biggest race, and the ‘paddock’ had plenty of stories to tell and loads of exciting tech on display, but that’s another story.

Wish you were here?

The weather made for an epic backdrop, which makes EF Education-EasyPost’s bright new bikes stand out even more.

Mikkel Honoré’s fans were out early on. Unless they were the ones who planted the banana.

Samen come seconden.

B&B Hotels mechanics were certainly feeling the pressure.

Veni vidi Vino? Whatever you think of this man, it’s a funny scene. Spot the aero CeramicSpeed pulley cage.

We’re assuming this was to warm up the Trek-Segafredo staff member’s hands.

All generations of Danes braved the weather.

For most, the Tour de France is an incredibly hectic time.

Dani Martínez looked incredibly sharp with his Colombian National Champions jersey on and a nice paintjob on his Bolide, though it’s not the new model.

Mads Pedersen was looking to win the yellow jersey in his home country. He ended up sixth – an impressive enough display in fairness – and was the fastest Danish rider. We got up close with his Trek Speed Concept TT bike before the racing began. 

Fans gathered to watch Intermarché’s riders warm up.

Drills are an essential part of training.

‘What if I am a puncheur?’

Last minute adjustments.

A possible glitch in the matrix here.

The polka dot jersey is the greatest in cycling, change my mind.

Hometown hero, we captured Vingegaard crossing the line over on our Instagram. Spoiler: it was very wet.

Nairo Quintana was in the zone.

‘We meant you were allowed to wear short sleeves.’

Inspired? Hopefully.

Stefan Bissegger certainly wasn’t whooping after he crashed on his unreleased Vittoria tyres. Maybe they should’ve swapped the dinosaurs for go-faster stripes.

Crocs are cool now and there’s absolutely nothing anyone can do. Ten points to anyone who can guess whose feet these are.

The real highlight of the day.

‘Wait, so he does have Covid?’

Don’t panic, Martínez was riding the new Bolide F on the course.

Hedensted is a town in the west part of Denmark. Ireland is a island in the west of the British Isles. 

Nairo was anything but a chameleon in his red Arkéa-Samsic kit.

Safe to say Ben O’Connor wasn’t in his natural habitat.

Geraint Thomas meanwhile would be very much used to this, though accidentally leaving his gilet on would've helped him fight off the rain.

Oh, Luke.’

You have to respect Chris Froome’s loyalty to the oval chainring.

Wout van Aert was mobbed by journalists after he returned from the hot seat.

Shame there aren’t any mountains in Denmark.

B&B Hotels are rumoured to be on the verge of an enormous new sponsorship deal that would undoubtedly set them up to step up to the WorldTour. For now though, nice visor.

Be sure to catch our full ranking of the Tour’s new kits.

Dan Bigham (right) and his Ineos Grenadiers colleagues watched their final rider Tom Pidcock coming in on the big screen.

Pidcock came in 15th, 24 seconds down, but sits second in the young riders classification. He’s behind Tadej Pogačar though.

Don't miss our tech gallery from Stage 1, with aero kit galore.  For all our Tour de France content, visit our hub.

Photography: Matthew Loveridge

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