whoever digests the six climbs in northern France well can sprint

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After three stages on Danish soil, the Tour caravan has reached France. The fourth stage of the Tour de France starts and ends at The Channel. 171.5 kilometers after the start in Dunkirk, the finish line is in Calais.

Two right-angled bends in the last one and a half kilometers can disrupt the trains of the sprinter teams, if it comes to a sprint at all. Spread over the stage are six côtes of the fourth category. All good for one point for the mountains classification.

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The profile of the fourth stage of the Tour

Magnus Cort picked up all the mountain points in his own Denmark and is now at six, as many as there are to be earned today. The other 175 riders are at zero.

Cort rode both stages through his own country in the attack, even on his own on Sunday. “I always had the plan to get into the leading group, but I didn’t expect it to work right away. Sometimes you just have to try.”

‘Driven around with a huge smile’

“Every day in Denmark was special, including the time trial, with so many people cheering the Danish riders on. I rode around most of the stages with a huge smile. I’ve never heard so many people chanting my name.”

Dotted jersey wearer Cort always looking for adventure: ‘Dream of a space journey’

The hills in Denmark, and Tuesday in northern France, are good for Cort. But no mountain is too high for the Education-First rider. Last winter he and his family climbed Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, in hiking boots.

“I live in Andorra, there are also a lot of mountains nearby. When I have the time, which doesn’t happen very often, I like to hike and camp in a tent in the mountains. I’m always looking for new adventures First I want to finish my cycling career, but after that I want to climb even more and higher mountains and into the wilderness.”

To the moon or to mars

And if that wasn’t adventurous enough, the Dane also wants to go into space one day. “Hopefully to the moon or to mars. I probably won’t get paid for it, but maybe in 20 years I can buy a ticket.”

They are dreams for after the Tour, in any case for after Tuesday’s stage. A stage that can end in a bunch sprint, so Fabio Jakobsen and Dylan Groenewegen are looking for a new chance.

Or do the hills ensure that the leading group can stay ahead? “It is a slightly more difficult stage, but I think there will be control (of the sprinter teams, ed.). I certainly expect that I can go for a sprint,” says Groenewegen.

Groenewegen about stage 4: ‘Definitely expect that I can go for a sprint’

It is also the last chance for the sprinters for the time being. Normally, it is their turn to win a stage again in stage 13, on Friday 15 July. “It’s one of the few opportunities left. If you want to strike as a sprinter, it has to happen quickly or towards the end.”

“But rather at the beginning, because you never know what will happen with corona and how heavy it will be. I am happy that it has already worked out once and let’s hope it works again.”

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