A Grand Départ in Denmark awaits the peloton as they take on this year’s Tour de France, with Team DSM revealing an exciting eight-rider strong roster that will line-up in Copenhagen to take on an action-packed 21 days of racing at a La Grande Boucle that has something for everyone.
Getting underway, an intriguing three days of racing awaits the team in Denmark kicking off with a flat and technical time trial around the streets of Copenhagen, before a stage two finish over the Storebælsbroen, an 18-kilometre road bridge which potentially could be prone to crosswinds, with the three days concluding in an expected sprint finish. Returning to France, the riders face an array of terrain in the opening week including punchy finishes, a day on the cobbles and several in the mountains. That variety of terrain continues as the peloton makes its way down the east of France through the Alps, stopping off in Switzerland which is closely followed by a finish atop the famous Alpe d’Huez. The route then cuts across the country and snakes its way towards over some testing terrain ahead of the Pyrenees where the final mountain battles will take place on the Peyragudes and Hautacam. If not already, the GC battle will be decided in a 40-kilometre time trial on the penultimate stage before the sprinters have their day under the lights on the famous Champs-Élysées finish.
Looking to build on recent form and momentum through well engineered training and other specialist areas including altitude camps and targeted racing, Team DSM’s Tour de France group are ready to take their jersey adorned with its distinctive two stripes on the hunt for stage results in their journey around France.