Tour de France: Jonas Vingegaard wins single-handedly at Hautacam and takes a big step towards final victory

Jonas Vinggaard was the strongest. The Yellow Jersey won Thursday on top of the Hautacam, during the 18th stage of the Tour de France, ahead of Tadej Pogacar who crossed the 1’04 streak. While he still has to manage the Rocamadour time trial on Saturday, the Dane is almost certain to win the Tour de France as he leads 3’26 over the Slovenian.

Among the French, David Godot managed to climb up the Hautacam very well and took fourth place in the general classification at Nairo Quintana while Romain Bardet, still on a complicated day, lost two places and moved up to eighth.

Vingegaard while working at Hautacam

4km from the summit of the Ootacam where another yellow jersey, Vincenzo Nibali, completed the 2014 Tour de France, so Jonas Weinggaard dropped everything, especially Tadej Pogakar. At the wheel of Wout van Aert, his indefatigable teammate who spent the day at the front, made the Slovenian give up a second time in this round, three days out of Paris.

Alone at the summit, with a 1’04 lead on Pogacar and with the polka-dotted jersey, taken from a crying Simon Geschke at the end, “Vingo” was quiet again on this final mountain stage. Only a slight fear of descending the Col de Spandelles, the penultimate difficulty of the day, could have destabilized him, as he came close to falling into a bend.

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All of Jonas Vingegaard’s victories this season have been in the French races (4 victories): the Drôme Classic, the eighth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné and stages 11 and 18 of the Tour de France.
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His opponent did not have the same luck, neither in his attacks nor in the same proportions. Tadej Pogakar missed the brakes and fell at low speed in the gravel. Nothing serious, just ripped shorts on the left side and a little cash on the Yellow Jersey who waited for him, Great Prince, before shaking hands with thanks.

Pogacar claps the hand of Vingegaard who waited for him when the Slovenian fell. (E. Garnier/The Team)

Try Pogacar again

On his attacks, the Slovenian has nothing to be ashamed of. I have tried. still and always. 5.8 km from the summit of the Col de Spandell, the first of four accelerations descended. Each time, Vingegaard accompanies him to the point that he disgusts him. At Ootacam, the white jersey clung to the rhythm led first by Sepp Kos and then Wut van Aert. 4.4km from the finish, he gave up his third Tour victory, save for the unsportsmanlike reversal of the race by July 24, as the delay seems too large to erase during Saturday’s schedule.

If it’s often on par with Dane of the Jumbo, Pogacar will have cracked twice, climbing Granon and this Thursday. His enthusiasm wasn’t enough and the good jumbo tactics that got him out of their incessant attacks before Vingegaard delivered the knockout punch at Granon last week, will remind him he’s still more fun. To have a reliable team around you.

Gaudo, fourth man of the round

That’s what David Godot has to tell himself, too. Once again, Valentin Maduas was phenomenal in dragging Britton at Hautacam to allow him to reclaim as much time as possible from Nairo Quintana for Saturday’s trial. About ten kilometers from the summit, the two friends broke through the Colombian to take fourth place overall. Gaudu is 2’30” ahead of fifth now in the round.

The conclusion is very different for Romain Bardi, who barely finished the Tour de France. The DSM rider fell early on the slopes of the Col de Spandelles, finished 17th on the stage and overall found himself on a soft belly, eighth by four more minutes ahead of Alexey Lutsenko, ninth, but two minutes behind Aleksandr Vlasov, seventh. .

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