Ganna fourth as Tour gets under way

01 Jul 2022

Ganna fourth as Tour gets under way

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Tour de France - Stage 1 » Copenhagen ITT, 13.2km

Filippo Ganna rode hard to take fourth place in the opening time trial of the Tour de France as the race kicked off on wet roads in Copenhagen.

The world champion finished the 13.2-kilometre effort with a slow puncture on his rear wheel, coming home 10 seconds back on the winning time.

A pre-stage soaking of the Danish roads made for difficult conditions for all the riders, with the team's trio of GC contenders all finishing safely. Adam Yates returned from illness to set a strong 13th fastest time, 23 seconds back on stage winner Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step-AlphaVinyl).

Geraint Thomas finished just two seconds further back in 18th after encountering amongst the worst of the wet conditions. Daniel Martinez finished 33rd on the day (+44").

Tom Pidcock was the final Grenadier down the ramp and on his Tour debut he rode to an impressive 15th fastest (+24"). 

The action continues on Saturday with the first proper road stage with a chance for the sprinters, but with an objective for the team to steer clear of any trouble and time loss.