It was the most difficult stage in the great ring so far. It brought great feelings and significant changes in the overall rating. Cyclists had two difficult climbs to climb the Alps – first they entered Gallibert, then Granon. Already during the first of these ascents there was a fight between the strongest competitors, but the money tycoons (except for one-day runner-up Lenard Kamna) reached the final ascent together.
Lonely up front, fugitive Frenchman Warren Bargell appeared to lead the win, then his Arkea-Samsic teammate Nairo Quintana was also attacking, then DSM’s Frenchman Romain Bardet. However, Vingegaard took the decisive action. The other riders on the Jumbo-Visma team prepared him well for this, including Primož Roglič, who seemed to be his team leader before the race.
Pogačar, who had shown great form in earlier days, was unable to answer and followed the Dane. At first it seemed as if he was going to try to catch up with him at his own pace, but soon it turned out that his crisis was too great. The Slovenian of the UAE team was also overtaken by the other top riders, and he had no teammates to help. The most important midfielder, Rafael Majka, was left behind. In the end, Pogačar reached the seventh finish line 2 minutes 51 seconds later than the stage winner, who had 39 seconds to spare at the start.
In the overall standings, Vingegaard now leads by 2:16 over Bardet, 2:22 over Pogačar, 2:26 over Britain’s Geraint Thomas and 2:37 over Quintana thanks to a 10-second bonus for first place on the stage.
The 25-year-old Vingegaard is well known to Polish fans, as he took his first professional win in 2019 at the Tour de Pologne stage with the finish line in Kościelisko. At the forefront of the Tour de France, he is not at all a random character. A year ago he finished second behind Pogačar, although he started as a midfielder with Roglič, who then had to retire after a crash and health problems. Now Vingegaard has been taken more seriously at first, although his team remains more focused on Roglič.
The first half of the race showed that Vingegaard is stronger after all and that he should be helped, as he poses the greatest threat to Bogar. The winner of the last two Tour de France was considered an almost unbeatable rider this year. In the earlier days, he used almost every opportunity to gain seconds over his rivals. He won in two stages and rode five days in a yellow jersey. Now he had to give it up, but this is not the end of his chances and the competition for the ultimate victory.
On Thursday July 14, another challenging mountain stage with the finish line at the famous L’Alpe d’Huez. The Tour de France consists of 21 stages, will run until July 23, and traditionally ends in Paris.
Tour de France 21st stage men’s (World Tour category).
Phase 11 (Albertville – Col de Granon):
1. Jonas Weingegaard (Denmark, Jumbo Visma) – 151.7 km at 4:18:02
2. Nairo Quintana (Colombia, Arkia Samsik) – Loss 0:59
3. Romain Bardet (France, Team DSM) 1:10
4. Geraint Thomas (UK, Ineos Grenadiers) 1:38
5. David Godot (France, Groupama-FDJ) 2:04
6. Adam Yates (UK, Ineos Grenadier) 2:10
7. Tadig Bojjar (Slovenia, United Arab Emirates) 2:51
8. Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan, Astana Kazakhstan) 3:38
9. Stephen Kreuzvik (Netherlands, Jumbo Visma) 3:59
10. Warren Bargil (France, Arkia Samsik) 4:16
13. Rafai Majka (Poland, UAE – Emirates Team) 6:38
45. ukasz Owsian (Poland, Arkea-Samsic) 27:16
106- Maciej Bodnar (Poland, TotalEnergies)
108. Camille Gradec (Poland, Bahrain – victorious) both 34:09.
After 11 stages:
1. VINGEGAARD 41:29:59
2. Bardet – Loss 2:16
3. Pogačar 2:22
4. Thomas 2:26
5. Quintana 2:37
6. Yeats 3:06
7. Gaudu 3:13
8. Alexander Vlasov (Russia, Bora Hansgrohe) 7:23
9. Lutsenko 8:07
10. Enrique Mas (Spain, Movistar) 9:29
19. Magica 27:07
51. Oats 1:03:48
137. Gradek 2:01:51
139. Bodnar 2:03:26.
1. Simon Geschke (Germany, Cofidis) 43 points
2. Pierre Latour (France, TotalEnergies) 35
3. Vingegaard 30.
1. Wet Fun Air (Belgium Jumbo Visma) 304 points
2. Fabio Jacobsen (Netherlands, Quick Step Alpha Vinyl Team) 155
3. Pogačar 148
94- Bodnar 2.
1. Bogar 41:32:21
2. Thomas Pidcock (Great Britain, Ineos Grenadiers), loss 8; 50
3. Brandon McNulty (USA, UAE – Emirates Team) 29:30.
1. Ineos Grenadiers 124:37:03
2. Losing Jumbo Physma 11:35
3. Groupama-FDJ 32:34.
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