VIDEO: Nightmare Scenes Rise at Tour de France 2022, as Swiss Cyclist Faces Back to Back Falls Due to Weather Conditions

Published 07/02/2022, 8:45 AM EDT

After the rain created a bit of havoc, the Tour de France 2022 finally got underway in the Danish capital Copenhagen on Friday. However, the overcast conditions did not stop riders from hitting speeds up to 60kph. The crowd jampacked the opening day, cheering for their favorite teams and rider. Though amid a grand commencement of the 2022 season, it was a horrible start for the Swiss cyclist Stefan Bissegger.

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The 109th edition of Tour de France began in the presence of Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik, who was watching the proceedings from his royal palace. As the riders started the 3,349.8 km journey on Danish roads, the rain proved an annoying companion. However, while some riders managed it well for others, it was a dangerous ride.

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A nightmare start for Stefan Bissegger

Swiss rider Stefan Bissegger had a terrible start to the season. He was eyeing the yellow jersey and had to maintain his speed. However, because of the damp track, he crashed twice on the starting day. The conditions were definitely unfavorable for the rider, but Stefan still took his chances and had to pay the price.

Talking about the horrible crash, five-time Tour stage winner Sean Kelly said, “There’s going to be riders who go down here. It’s not what we want to see but it’s going to happen because when you push pretty close to the limit on wet roads, on white lines, you’re going to have causalities.”

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Yves Lampaert tops the first stage of the Tour de France

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While all eyes were on defending champion Tadej Pogacar, Belgium’s star rider Yves Lampaert claimed the yellow jersey. The Quickstep-Alpha Vinyl finished the first stage in 5 minutes and 17 seconds. Post-race, Lampaert said, “I was hoping to make the top 10 and that would already have been great but now I beat all the best in the world.”

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Lampaert surpassed seasoned riders like Wout Van Aert, Mathieu Van der Poel, and Filippo Ganna to claim first place. However, he has just won the first battle, and there is still a long way to go.

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Saurav Panwar

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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.

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