The cyclists of the Tour de France will take this Saturday one of the largest bridges in Europe. Guided tour of this building linking the two largest islands of Denmark, with the patron of the Tour, Christian Prudhomme.
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When the gate of the elevator reserved for maintenance workers closes, it takes five minutes to reach the top of one of the piles of this bridge. Another two flights of metal steps and then a rung ladder, up to the platform which offers a breathtaking view of the 18 kilometers of this two-part bridge which connects the two largest islands of eastern Denmark to the west for the race.
After the victory on Friday of Belgian Yves Lampaert in the streets of Copenhagen, this second stage of the Tour de France takes the riders from Roskilde to Nyborg on Saturday July 2. A day dreaded by the runners because 18 of the last 20 kilometers will be run above the sea. The peloton will indeed take one of the largest bridges in Europe. “We are at the highest point in Denmark, 250 meters above sea level, enthuses Christian Prudhomme, the boss of the Tour de France. The road where the runners will pass is only 60 meters above the water. We had arrived on a dyke in Zeeland in the Netherlands in 2015, but this is totally different, it’s XXL.”
“It’s a truly amazing place with wind. We’re going to be in the open sea for almost half an hour, it will be unheard of!”Christian Prudhomme
“We won’t be able to win the Tour in this second stage, takes over the boss of the Tour de France, but favorites may lose it.”
The wind will be synonymous with a trap for the riders before returning to land for the last two kilometers towards Nyborg. “We can think that there will be breaks within the peloton, explains Thierry Gouvenou, the race director. The Tour de France favorites will have to fight to position themselves as they approach this bridge in the right group, when it’s going to break. We can lose up to a minute and a half on this portion if we are badly placed.
The Storebælt, above the Great Belt strait, is used daily by 38,000 vehicles. For the first time, it will be completely closed for more than five hours to offer this spectacular arrival.