Defending champ Tadej Pogacar reigned supreme in the opening TT of the Tour De France. Not the most difficult TT , the Change one was a flat 27km with wet conditions The defending champ breezed through in 32 minutes to beat European TT champ Stefan Kung. Bessenger of Switzerland skated with disaster as he nearly crashed on the bend with 22 km to go. The condition of the bike matters on the TT and the tires need to have traction. Those seconds lost in crashes and stumbles could make a world of difference. Berg was at an advantage starting first before the weather turned foul. The Dane from UAE Emirates Team could not break the 33 minute barrier though finishing 12th. Stefan Kung did 19 seconds behind Tadej. What makes Kung a great TT rider is his long rangy legs which add thrust to the paddle.
Van Der Poel retained the yellow jersey with a gallant fifth place finish 31 seconds behind Tadej. Tadej’s race was won basically from the start of his ride. He maintained his speed which was at 51 kph, see the focus on his face, counting his revolutions making sure he doesn’t slack. The great TT means the Slovenian is now just 8 seconds behind Van Der Poel in the GC standings.