Jul 07, 2022: The Tour de France caught fire on stages 4 and 5 - All the action and video, plus the Giro Donne. Van der Poel having a hard time. The Tour in Denmark, sponsor of La Vuelta. Intermarché development and Baloise to stay. Bernal, De Gendt, Livyns, Berasategi and Bioracer with Tom Pidcock. The Paul Sherwen Project.
At the end of a chaotic day on the cobbles of northern France, the early break fought for the stage win. Simon Clarke took the stage honours as Wout van Aert held the yellow jersey by 13 seconds as the Jumbo-Visma team had its worst day on the 2022 Tour de France.
After his second places on all the stages so far in the 2022 Tour de France, Wout van Aert attacked with just over 11 kilometres to go for a solo win in Calais. The yellow jersey held off the peloton as Jasper Philipsen won the bunch sprint ahead of Van Aert's Jumbo-Visma teammate, Christophe Laporte.
The amount of spectators on the roadside in Denmark for the first three stages of the 2022 Tour de France was phenomenal, pity the same can't be said of the racing. Ed Hood runs his cynical eye over the action so far and the implications for the three weeks to come.
July 4, 2022: The Tour de France opening stages rider & team comments & quips, and the Giro Donne opens in Sardinia - all the news, results and video. Terrible training crash for Alejandro Valverde - TOP STORY. Other news: Patrick Lefevere happy at the Tour. Rider news: Izagirre extends with Cofidis and Svrcek turns pro. Race news: WorldTour teams for the Maryland Cycling Classic.
After a long solo break by local KOM, Magnus Cort, the stage came down to a bunch sprint in Sønderborg. It was a fast run-in at over 60 kph and after the usual jostling and bumping, Dylan Groenewegen pushed his wheel over the finish-line just ahead of the yellow jersey of Wout van Aert.
Fabio Jakobsen gave Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl their second stage win out of two with a chaotic sprint in Nyborg. The predicted split on the big bridge on the run-in didn't materialise and the bunch thundered into the finalé. Wout van Aert was second on the stage to move into the yellow jersey.
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl's Yves Lampaert upset the usual TT men to win the first stage of the 2022 Tour de France and take the first yellow jersey. The Belgian bettered Wout van Aert, Tadej Pogačar, top TT favourite Filippo Ganna and Mathieu van der Poel, in that order.
Jun 30, 2022: Only one sleep away from the 2022 Tour de France and we have more team news. No Cavendish and Alaphilippe in the Tour. Also the Giro Donne teams. Champs results from Canada. Rider news: Van Vleuten, Markus, Mas, Van Hooydonck, Benoot, Zana and Pogačar. Gigantic portrait of Chris Anker Sørensen and La Vuelta'22 song.