Mathieu van der Poel talks himself down as opening Tour de France stage favourite

Alpecin-Deceuninck rider will instead target yellow in the following days in Denmark and France

Mathieu van der Poel
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Mathieu van der Poel has ruled himself out as a favourite to win the opening time trial of the 2022 Tour de France - but is targeting yellow for the second successive year in the ensuing days.

The Alpecin-Deceuninck rider is viewed as one of multiple potential winners around the flat, but technical 13km course in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, although the 27-year-old is instead planning on using the time trial as a stepping stone towards yellow.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.