The Danish Jumbo Visma rider won a mad 11th stage that saw Pogacar crumble on the Granon climb and Bardet clinch the podium.
At the end of a crazy day on the Tour de France, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo Visma) won the 11th stage between Albertville and the Col du Granon. For its first appearance on the Tour stage since 1986, the Col du Granon lived up to its reputation and crowned the Dane who took advantage of his first victory on the Tour to take the yellow jersey, after a terrible failure by Tadej Pogacar in the last ascent (see below).
“Winning a stage and putting on the yellow jersey, I’ve always dreamed of it, it’s just incredible, explained Jonas Vingegaard at the microphone of France Télévisions. Pogacar is surely the best runner in the world, it is unthinkable to take the jersey from him. He will do everything to get it back and I will do everything to keep it. Thank you to my whole team and to Primoz Roglic who is an incredible runner”.
Fact of the day
Attacked from all sides, Pogacar ended up wavering. After responding to the various attacks from Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard in the ascent of the Galibier, where he even took his chance in fits and starts, the Slovenian almost gave in to the thunderous attack of Jonas Vingegaard 5 kilometers from the ‘arrival. Unable to follow, victim of an unprecedented failure in the Tour, where he had never yielded, “Pogi” was forced to return his most precious asset. But it would be very early to draw a line under his ambitions towards Paris, even if his 2’22” disbursements look like a chasm against this Vingegaard.
statement of the day
Tadej Pogacar, who will swap his yellow jersey for the white of the best yellow on Thursday, promised that he was not done with his quest for a hat-trick, promising a big fight in the coming days. “I suffered a lot of attacks, they tried to harass me, agreed Pogacar at the microphone of France Télévisions. Primoz (Roglic) and Vingegaard were there, their team was very strong, the strongest in the Col du Granon. I didn’t feel good, it wasn’t my day. I was in hypoglycemia, it was very hard. Now I’m going to attack them, I’m going to keep fighting. It’s going to be an interesting duel. I lost three minutes today but I might as well get them back. I promise you it will be fun to follow this duel on television.
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From laughter to tears. All smiles on the outskirts of Granon, following the great battle he was able to fight with his competitors in the ascent of Galibier, the Slovenian could not have imagined such a destiny three quarters of an hour later. All smiles in front of the camera, the yellow jersey dreamed of a new sharp attack and a third stage victory (after the 6th and 7th). But it was Vingegaard, whom he had edged out on the Super Planche des Belles Filles, who knocked him down on the terrible slopes of Granon, a justice of the peace whom we can’t wait to see again on the road to the Round.
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Handsome player, Tadej Pogacar came to congratulate the winner of the day. To better prepare his revenge? The Slovenian, who likes nothing more than scrapping on the roads, has certainly not said his last word. His failure of the day (craving?) should fuel his appetite for revenge remains a candidate for the final victory in Paris, where he still dreams of the hat-trick. Tomorrow’s second stage, with its three off-category climbs towards Alpe d’Huez (165 km), should allow us to know a little more about its real current form.
Classification of the 11th stage
1. Jonas Vingegaard (DEN / JUM) covered the 151.7 km in 4 h 18:02.
2. Nairo Quintana (COL / ARK) at 59 seconds.
3. Romain Bardet (FRA/DSM) 1:10.
4. Geraint Thomas (GBR/INE) 1:38.
5. David Gaudu (FRA/GFJ) 2:04.
6. Adam Yates (GBR/INE) 2:10.
7. Tadej Pogacar (SLO/UAE) 2:51.
8. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ/AST) 3:38.
9. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/JUM) 3:59.
10. Warren Barguil (FRA / ARK) 4:16.
1. Jonas Vingegaard (DEN/Jumbo) 41:29:59.
2. Romain Bardet (FRA/DSM) at 2:16.
3. Tadej Pogacar (SLO/UAE) 2:22.
4. Geraint Thomas (GBR/INE) 2:26.
5. Nairo Quintana (COL/ARK) 2:37.
6. Adam Yates (GBR/INE) 3:06.
7. David Gaudu (FRA/GFJ) 3:13.
8. Alexander Vlasov (RUS/BOR) 7:23.
9. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ/AST) 8:07.
10. Enric Mas (ESP/MOV) 9:29.