Jonas Weinggaard stuns Tadej Pojakar in the final mountain stage and beats him to an all-out victory

As the local saying goes, the pig looks in the corn. Understand, carrots are now being cooked for Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates Team). The Slovenian cracked on the slopes of the Outacam, 4.4 kilometers from a summit where rival Jonas Weinggaard (Jumbo-Visma) won the 18th stage of the Tour de France alone, Thursday, July 21.

The demonic attack of the Dane, with the help of his inexhaustible colleague Wout van Aert, proved decisive. Now with more than three minutes overall lead over the winner in 2021 and 2020, we don’t see how the yellow jersey can slip off Vingegaard’s square shoulders by Sunday.


This duel is set to continue for a long time. If the 2022 edition is certainly dealt with on Thursday, the rivalry between Pogacar and Vingegaard has everything to become the crystallizing soap opera for the next few years. There is, below, something refreshing about it. When the Slovenian fell into the descent of the Spandelles, how much would he have jumped, instead of the Dane, to seize the opportunity to beat his rival ?

On the contrary, Vingegaard considered it best to wait for the Pogacar to sit on the saddle and get back on it. No doubt, the show was not completely indifferent, the yellow jersey found there a companion to climb. But the image of the “check” among colleagues has already circulated in social networks and is an example of sportsmanship. Their hug at dusk at every stage is a new classic, and the Slovenian smile is by no means diminished by his defeat on a regular basis. (1’04 in the end, 3’26 overall).

Tadej Pogacar pushed Jonas Vingegaard into error for the first time by accelerating on the Col de Spandelles landing, before plunging into a turn.  The great lord, the yellow jersey awaits his brave opponent and the two men applaud.  Section !

If he hits the champagne on Sunday, Vingegaard will be able to present a double glass to Wout van Aert. Three weeks into the race, it’s really hard to find superlatives that describe her peak performance. It started as usual in the first breakaway, from kilometer 0, the Belgian drove the train he was forming with the still-frustrated Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), finally attacking Daniel Felipe Martinez (Inios Grenadiers).

Best of all, he overtook the Col de Spandelles in the lead, even glimpsing a polka-dotted T-shirt that Vingegaard had finally picked up from the nose and beard of Simon Geschke (Cofidis) in tears. Wout van Aert’s prowess turned inconsequential when his pace in the biggest percentages of the Hautacam was such that the amazing Tadej Pogacar cracked, while allowing Vingegaard to sprint toward victory. By strength, it will be hard to convince the rookies that Van Aert, who finished third after dominating his effort and letting Pogacar pass, is anything but a born climber.

The number one striker of the day, Wout Van Aert sped up the final climb for Hautacam with teammate Jonas Vingegaard at the wheel.  Surprise: Tadej Pogacar can't keep up with the pace and allows the Jumbo-Vismas to glide five kilometers from the finish.  The Dane is the strongest in the Tour de France!

Behind these two heavyweights, the extent of the gaps makes one dizzy. There is a gap between the Pogacar-Vingegaard duo and the rest of the world. Third, Geraint Thomas (Ineos-Grenadiers) is eight minutes from the Dane.

His place on the podium looks assured, as David Godot, fresh fourth, is three points behind (11’05). Groupama-FDJ’s Britton, again with the help of Valentin Maduas, stuck out to grab a spot. Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic), fifth, landed two minutes behind Gaudo, and should not catch up in the game on Saturday.

On the other hand, the condition is much less beneficial for Romain Bardet (DSM Team, 16’11). His last 5 hopes were dashed with the steep slopes of Hautacam.

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