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IN PICTURES: Stages 2 and 3 of Denmark’s Tour de France stages

After the Grand Depart from Copenhagen on Friday and strong winds on the Grand Belt Bridge on Saturday, Denmark's Tour de France route makes its way from Velje to Sønderborg today. Here are the best pictures from Stages 2 and 3.

IN PICTURES: Stages 2 and 3 of Denmark's Tour de France stages
The pack of riders cycles during the 3rd stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, 182 km between Vejle and Sonderborg in Denmark, on July 3, 2022. Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT/AFP

Denmark’s Tour de France ‘Grand Depart’ event kicked off Stage 1 on Friday July 1st with a time trial event that saw a completely flat route through Copenhagen’s streets.

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Stage 2 on Saturday 2nd was harder work, with a 202km ride between Roskilde and Nyborg that ended on the breathtaking Grand Belt Bridge.

Today’s Stage 3 sees riders cycle 182km from Velje to Sønderborg on a route that includes several steep climbs but also passes by many UNESCO sights, including a sprint past World Heritage site Christiansfeld.

As Denmark hosts the famous Tour de France,  The Local takes a look at some of the best pictures from Stages 2 and 3 of the race.

The peloton at the Great Belt Bridge during the second stage of Tour de France between Roskilde and Nyborg, Denmark on July 2, 2022. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix
 

Riders on the Great Belt Bridge. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix
 
 
Riders faced not only a 200km plus ride and strong winds when crossing Denmark’s iconic bridge, but Royal spectators:

The peloton at the Great Belt Bridge and the Danish Royal yacht “Dannebrog” on sea during the second stage of Tour de France between Roskilde and Nyborg, Denmark on July 2, 2022. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix
 
As the race moved onto Stage 3 on Sunday, Danish riders were keen to impress their home fans, and Magnus Cort Nielsen wore the dotted climber’s jersey.

Belgian rider Wout Van Aert wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey (L), and Danish rider Magnus Cort Nielsen wearing the climber’s dotted jersey (C) and UAE Team Emirates team’s Slovenian rider Tadej Pogacar wearing the best young rider’s white jersey (R) await the start of the 3rd stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, 182 km between Vejle and Sonderborg, on July 3, 2022. Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT/AFP
 

The pack of riders cycles during the 3rd stage of the race. Photo: Anne-Christine POUJOULAT/AFP
 

Spectators cheer as the pack of riders passes during the 3rd stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France cycling race. Photo: Marco BERTORELLO/AFP
 
And it wasn’t just the Royals interested in the race. Denmark’s politicians also took an interest.

Denmark’s Minister of Trade and Industry Simon Kollerup at the the third stage of Tour de France in Genner, Denmark on July 3, 2022. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix.
 

Danish rider Magnus Cort Nielsen wearing the climber’s dotted jersey cycles in a breakaway during the 3rd stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, 182 km between Vejle and Sonderborg in Denmark, on July 3, 2022. -Photo: Anne-Christine POUJOULAT/AFP
 

Diernæs Strand near Haderslev during the third stage of Tour de France in Vejle, Denmark, Sunday July 3, 2022. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix

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Tour champion Vingegaard returns to hero’s welcome in village home

Jonas Vingegaard received a hero's welcome from thousands of fans as he returned to his village home on Thursday following his Tour de France triumph.

Tour champion Vingegaard returns to hero's welcome in village home

Over 20,000 people packed the village of Glyngøre, nestled on the edge of a fjord which normally has a population of just 1,400, to greet the rider who lives there with his wife Trine and daughter Frida.

Tens of thousands had also greeted the rider on Wednesday in Copenhagen three days after he became the second Dane to win the Tour de France after a gruelling race which started in his native Denmark.

“A thousand thanks for supporting me for four weeks. It’s very touching that so many people have come,” the 25-year-old said from the podium. 

For a time wearing a horned helmet in Danish colours, the Jumbo Visma rider was driven through the streets in Copenhagen, high-fiving fans.

Many had driven for hours to see him, like Annette Anker, who with her family cut short their holidays in Croatia to be there.

“It’s once in a lifetime. It’s really an event and a celebration for everyone in Denmark,” she told Danish television TV2. 

The second Dane to win the Grande Boucle after Bjarne Riis in 1996, the Jumbo-Visma cyclist was born and raised in Hillerslev, a village of 370 inhabitants on the shores of the North Sea, about 50km north of Glyngøre. 

The Scandinavian climbing specialist won the Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday after dominating Slovenian favourite Tadej Pogacar, the two-time defending champion.

IN PICTURES: Vingegaard’s triumphant return to Copenhagen after Tour de France win

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