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The opening stages can be turbulent – sport.ORF.at

The start of the 109th Tour de France could well be turbulent. After the individual time trial over just 13.2 kilometers on Friday in Copenhagen, the other two stages in Denmark promise excitement despite the largely flat route. The wind could cause a lot of unrest, especially on Saturday with 200 km from Roskilde along the coast and before the finish in Nyborg over the 18 km long Great Belt Bridge.

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And after the transfer to the motherland of the tour, the fifth stage of around 20 km over the notorious cobblestones promises to be a spectacle. “I think that the first week will be quite tricky with Denmark and Roubaix. A lot can happen in the first seven days,” warned Felix Großschartner.

Treacherous wind edges, the probably unavoidable crashes and defects will also fully challenge the class riders. In Großschartner’s Bora team, Marco Haller in particular is in demand as a protective shield for his captain Alexander Wlasow.

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