Jonas Weinggaard sure success of the Tour de France despite fear of time trial

Rarely has a team dominated the Tour de France quite like Jonas Weinggaard’s Jumbo-Visma this year. There is still a chance that Wout van Aert, a fuller rider than his Danish team captain, will win on other stages, when Peloton moves to the Champs-Elysees early on Sunday evening.

The round itself had already been won, and Vingegaard relaxed enough to smile in disbelief as he crossed the finish line in the penultimate stage, Saturday’s singles time trial, in which he gained an extra distance over double-round champion Tadej Pogacar of the UAE team, albeit only from Within a few seconds.

When Van Aert took another stage win, Vingegaard took his first Tour de France victory the last time out of the 2022 race, from Lacapelle-Marival to Rocamadour, although not without his flipping moment when he nearly crashed on a bend. twists.

“I was actually feeling like I wasn’t taking too much risk but in the corner the surface wasn’t uniform and I wasn’t taking the right angle, so yeah, it was close to wrong,” he said. “Then, I was thinking about theater [win] It was a bonus. There are only two or three corners left, so I’m really used to it.”

However, he asserted his superiority over Pogacar, the outgoing Tour champion, and increased his lead over the Slovenian by another eight seconds to win the Tour, barring a disaster, by about three and a half minutes.

The 25-year-old Dane also won the final mountain stage at Hautacam on Thursday and has never shown any weaknesses, despite Pogacar’s many attacks. However, some in the Pojacar Tour convoy and his team were criticized for arriving at the Tour “in an excessive race”. The 23-year-old started winning as long ago as February and continued that level until June, when he won his National Tour. But at times during the Tour de France he looked a little less than the vanguard that had brought him the last two victories.

Jonas Weinggaard, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes through Rocamadour during the 20th stage of the Tour de France.
Jonas Weinggaard, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, passes through Rocamadour during the 20th stage of the Tour de France. Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

“I’m glad it’s over,” Pujakar said. “It’s been a good three weeks with their ups and downs. We had some bad luck in the team, but I think the fight between me and Jonas was really something special. There will be two interesting years ahead of us.”

While Van Aert’s talent took him to another stage, his third win this year, in the last “Truth Race”, the truth is that he was the star of this year’s Tour, while his less-brilliant Danish teammate demonstrated the resilience, stamina and infallibility that characterizes all Tour heroes.

For all those in the peloton, this was a two-horse race, dominated by a duel between the defending champion, Pogacar, and Vingegaard.

After the time trial, Pogakar admitted that he had made “some mistakes” and that he had to learn from them. For now at least, the Dane has the upper hand.

Between them, the duo won four of the tour’s top five finals, with Ineos Grenadiers’ Tom Bedcock playing gooseberry with his success in the fold at the Alpe d’Huez. While Pidcock was explosive, fellow veteran Geriant Thomas was the master of consistency on the Tour.

“I’ve always been pretty consistent,” said Thomas, who slipped back in 2021 to finish 41st after his crash. “I think changing things up from last year, being on the podium, would be really special.”

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    However, the Welsh jockey, who displayed the maturity and cunning that have always characterized his best performances, has at times been reduced to the role of an interested spectator. Despite this, and despite the inconsistency towards him from managing the Ineos Grenadiers, Thomas clung on to finish third on the podium in four rounds.

    Thomas admitted that with only the Champs-Elysees festivities going, it might be time to celebrate, but added that he was happy to wait until Sunday night.

    “In the past, when Froomey . was [Chris Froome] Won, protocol drank as much as you wanted, but not for me this year,” “When I won, I was limited to two. I will do the same tonight, because it may be difficult, Paris, if I stop mentally.”

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