COL DU GRANON, France (AP) – The first large part of the mountains rocked the Tour de France when defending champion Tadej Pogacar fainted late in the 11th episode on Wednesday and lost his yellow jersey.
Jonas Vingegaard and his team Jumbo-Visma were the winners on the field as the Danish rider picked up the famous jersey from Pogacar, a two-time defending champion who has been the highest rider to date but was shattered in the final ride on Wednesday and crashed. more than 2 minutes back.
Vingegaard and his teammates showed off their good looks throughout the day, with clever tactics early in the race and a number of threats that pitted Pogacar.
Vingegaard left Pogacar on a rough climb to the top of the Col du Granon to enjoy the victory until a successful day in the Alps. The 152-kilometer stage featured two other fish, the Col du Telegraphe and the Col du Galibier.
It was Vingegaard’s first victory in a major cycling race. The Danish rider was last year in the top flight behind Pogacar.
“When I hit it I felt like it had been broken,” Vingegaard said. “This time I want to win. And I did, and now I have a yellow jersey to keep fighting until I get to Paris.”
Vingegaard was first in the conference, 59 seconds ahead of Nairo Quintana, with Romain Bardet in third place, 1:10 behind. Geraint Thomas, winner of the 2018 race, was fourth, 1:38 off speed.
After 11 points, Vingegaard lead Bardet by 2 minutes, 16 seconds. Pogacar dropped to third, 2:22 back.
With his partner Primoz Roglic, Vingegaard attacked Pogacar continuously in the air. But always trying to secure a leader in the UAE-Emirates team at Galibier – the highest point of the road this year at 2,642 meters above sea level – the Slovenian rider responded calmly.
Pogacar smiled even at the TV cameras under the last ride. Led by teammate Rafal Majka, Pogacar rode ahead of a large group of rivals but the Jumbo-Visma riders found the backbone.
“At Galibier, at the top, he was very strong,” Vingegaard said. “I wasn’t safe if he was going for full fat or not. Then I thought that, if I didn’t try everything, I wouldn’t win.. And of course the second place is good, but I already did it last year.”
When Vingegaard attacked again 5 miles to go, Pogacar was unable to respond and was dropped. With his yellow jersey open, the battered hero struggled to the end.
Vingegaard said the team’s plans for the day were carefully planned a few months in advance, with the aim of making the most of their strong team.
“We thought it would be good for me and in Primoz’s favor,” he said. “It took a lot of time today, and I would not have done it without my friends. It has been incredible.”
Pogacar will have just one night’s sleep to return to its worst day starting Thursday Episode 12 with another major stage featuring three non-successful trips, including a mountain finish at the Alpe d’Huez ski resort.
“I want revenge,” Pogacar said. “We have the tables.”
The tour ends on July 24 in Paris.
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