Jonas Vingegaard and Granon take down the indomitable Tadej Pogacar

At the foot of the Granon River, Tadej Pogacar offers the most beautiful camera smile. At the time when racing should be busy and perhaps the Tour de France would be decided. Is rude not respecting anything? The Jumbo-Visma coup a few kilometers ago in the Col de Gallibert? not bad. The heat, the alps, the elevation, the pincer strategy of the Dutch formation…it all slid then on the double defending champion.

Forgetting about the essence of cycling is a bit quick. This is a long-running sport, as sometimes everything can go away in a few seconds. Morning certainty ends in the valley, the indomitable god falls from Olympus and our hearts of simple pagans race like Wednesday, July 13, through this 11e The stage of Grand Bouclay.

Relive stage 11 of the Tour de France: Jonas Vingegaard falters Tadej Pogacar and takes the yellow jersey

Save the date. This is the day when the Slovenian, at the age of twenty-three, lost his aura of invincibility on the cliffs of Granon (Hautes-Alpes), a torture chamber most famous since 1986 for its raw bitumen and rare plants, but above all 11.3 kilometers high by 9.2%. At the end of his career, Bernard Henault spent his last hours there in yellow, undressing Greg LeMond.

The winner – provisional – for the outgoing double-winner is as blonde as the American in 1986. Tadej Pogacar’s runner-up in 2021, Jonas Weinggaard not only won the stage and stole the yellow jersey from “Pogacar”. The Dane did it with style and nice fringe. In the general classification, it is 2 minutes 16 ahead of Romain Bardet (DSM) who one wonders if he has spotted a second youth source in the Auvergne Park in Priud. Tadej Pojakar (3e) followed by a 6-second lead over the Frenchman, having wasted nearly three minutes for the winner.

“Suddenly I didn’t feel well”

Mad and above all unimaginable this Wednesday morning from Albertville (Savoie). The rocker does not always warn. When Vingegaard fired a rifle 4.5 kilometers from the top of the Granon, the noise ruptured his eardrums, but especially resonated in the commander’s legs. Boogie, who had the yellow jersey open on his chest without a beard, left his UAE Sherpa, the Rafal Majka, to carry the burden in place and fill the void.

But when the Poles step aside, the Slovenian finds himself alone with his current weakness. “I didn’t feel well all of a sudden, at Granon. When Jonas attacked, I couldn’t respond.”he admitted a few minutes later on the France 2 microphone.

In his defense, the young man did not yet have many opportunities to analyze his own shortcomings. In the last issue of bike mag Posted before the tour, but he nonetheless warned that they would come one day: “One day, I’m sure I’ll have a sloppy year or nightmare days, and that’s part of cycling.”

And as explanations for his bankruptcy that day, he served his lip to potential “lack of blood sugar”. A handsome loser, he also highlights Jonas Vingegaard’s figure and realizes the effectiveness of the Jumbo-Visma strategy, which was taken very quickly for the Dutch branch of Spain’s Movistar team in terms of baroque racing strategy.

Dane Jonas Vingegaard, stage winner and new yellow jersey, in the final of Stage 11 of the Tour de France between Albertville (Savoie) and Col de Granon (Hautes Alpes), on July 13.

Plan made “several months ago”

To hear the new yellow jersey, that’s number 11e The stage has been on the minds of his teammates and sports directors ever since “several months”. ” We had a plan in the beginning, we wanted to make the race very difficult, and we thought it would work for me and Primoz. [Roglic] “,” Contact the person concerned.

FFP2 mask on the mouth, the other Slovenian Let’s guess the satisfied fellow smile. “Everything went better than planned. We put in an amazing team performance.”, says Primus Roglic. To the frustration of King Pogacar, he agrees to be the sacrificed pawn, who has lost his feathers and his status as house captain with his northern roulette of 5e The theater.

Jonas Vinggaard had only words of love to thank him. “Primoz was great. He was the leader in the beginning and did everything he could to help me. Show how generous he was. »

Thus, the triple winner of the Vuelta shook the coconut tree for the first time on the ascent to the Col du Télégraphe, approximately 70 kilometers from the finish, and then put the cap back on the Col du Galibier. The idea was simple, to listen to Seb Kos. “We knew Primoz wanted to attack, but we didn’t know how Poujacar and the others would react, American notes from Jumbo-Visma. If it doesn’t work once, you have to try again, huh. once or several times. »

Pogacar promises a ‘nice duel to follow’

If Jonas Vinggaard and his friends haven’t decided to shoot the 18-Brumaire out yet, Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) has made a good winning header. At the Galibier, “Wawa” – his nickname – pressed the pedal, with immediate effects, to isolate himself in the separate group, which included Wout van Aert and Christophe Laporte.

The latter quickly put his friend Mikael Sherrill into speed. “From the start, we saw Jumbo-Visma, who wanted to sneak into the holes, with Van Aert in particular.says the AG2R Citroën racer. I slipped a note Christopher [Laporte] And it made me understand the team’s strategy. There, she understood that it was good to be in a state of separation, but she had little chance of getting to the end. »

Our fellow Anglo-Saxons have an expression for this type of stage: “antique stages”. Or old-fashioned cycling, with attacks if possible within 800m of the summit. Warren Bargell would have preferred a more traditional scheme and another main course of Col du Granon. “Valley before it annihilated me. At the foot, I stumbled completely and knew it was going to be complicated,” He admits to fighting today, almost on foot when he is overtaken by Jonas Weinggaard.

The victory of the first French stage will wait a little longer. The success of the tricolor at Alpe d’Huez, on the 14th of July, would make sense. The white shirt of the best young player on the back, Tadej Pojjakar promised fireworks, without specifying the date. “I will try to get some time back for Jonas. I think it will be interesting for you to continue this duel.”

The Dane is already buying the script. “Tadig is a great runner, perhaps the bestadmits. Taking the yellow jersey from him was unimaginable and I know he will do everything to get it back. » Isn’t it Tadig Bogacar who repeated on all the microphones – before this cowboy cross from Col de Granon – that “The tour is not over” ?

Roman Bardet in ambush, David Godot ends well

Upon reaching the top of the Col du Granon, Romain Bardet sat for several minutes on the ground to recover from his labors. But the Frenchman can also savor his everyday phase (3e). Halfway through, the Dutch DSM team rider was seconde A place in the general classification, behind Jonas Vingegaard (+ 2 min 16).

“It was a very tough day, we didn’t expect the fight to break out from the Col du Télégraphe for the general classification.He said after catching his breath. My colleagues did a great job getting me back on top at the time. I am very happy with my day, we had to manage the effort, but the legs were responding well. [Jeudi] It will be another big fight. » On the slopes of Alpe-d’Huez, the Auvergnat will be eagerly awaited, as will David Gaudu. In a difficult Galibier Pass, Groupama-FDJ climber made an excellent climb of the Granon to finish 5e. It’s 7e In general classification (+ 3 min 13).

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