authoritative winner at Hautacam, Vingegaard is closing in on a first crown

The Dane won the 18th stage of the Tour de France solo, where he moved a little closer to a first success in the Grande Boucle.

The fact of the day

Jonas Vingegaard certainly doubled the Tour de France this Thursday. Winner of the 18th stage at Hautacam, like Bjorn Riis in 1997, the Dane is on course to succeed his compatriot on the list of winners of the Grande Boucle. Reaching the top of the terrifying final ascent alone after a last-ditch effort by the impressive Wout Van Aert, the Jumbo-Visma climber, launched towards glory, relegated rival Tadej Pogacar to 1’09” more , closer than ever to being. knocked out (+3’27” overall).

Dressed in his white shirt, the Slovenian would have tried everything, as he had promised earlier in the week, putting in several attacks without, however, surprising the Yellow Jersey, hot on his wheel. Only a scare on the descent of the Spandelles pass will have made the Dane shudder, who will wait a few meters later for his rival, the victim of a slight fall. The beautiful image of this end of the Tour and a transfer of power between the two monsters of this 109th edition.

Third in the stage, Wout Van Aert let out his joy for his teammate, future winner of the Tour. Still impressive, the green jersey became an ideal launch pad after working all day at the front of this final mountain stage, where Thibaut Pinot ended up breaking on the final climb. The latter’s teammate, David Gaudu, fifth just behind Geraint Thomas (3rd overall), has taken more than two minutes from Nairo Quintana and moved into fourth overall.

The number of the day

1’03. This is the time occupied by the yellow jersey Jonas Vingegaard on his dolphin Tadej Pogacar. No cheats, the strongest simply won… on the pedal! The Dane consolidates his place as the leader of this Tour de France 2022 and should climb to the first step of the podium this Sunday in Paris. Except incident, of course.

Tweet of the day

The big fall of Jack Bauer (BikeExchange) and Nils Eekhoff (DSM). The two runners collided with vehicles… A big scare for these two men who, however, resumed their journey. Both bikes in question were withdrawn from the race.

statement of the day

Emmanuel Macron. The President of the Republic was today the guest of Christian Prudhomme (Director of the Tour):
“The stage was extraordinarily animated. I think we saw who was the boss of this Tour. He was very brave. The crowd was amazing too. I saw the numbers on TV, in France and all over Europe. French heritage and landscapes keep audiences coming back. The heritage of sport. There is an attachment as it is an unmissable event in July. It’s epic on a sporting level. Pogacar looked invincible before the Col du Granon, then a young Dane arrived who was still a fisherman a few years ago. At a time when the end of the month is difficult, having free access to an event like the Tour de France is essential. »

picture of the day

The two favorites of the day applaud in gratitude… The yellow shirt first almost makes a mistake on the descent of the Spandelles pass, then the white one has fallen. Then Jonas Vingegaard decided to play it safe while waiting for his greatest enemy.

Classification by stages:

1. Jonas Vingegaard (DEN / THU) the 143.2 km in 3 h 59:50. (average: 35.9 km/h)
2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO/UAE) at 1:04.
3. Wout van Aert (BEL/JUM) 2:10.
4. Geraint Thomas (GBR/INE) 2:54.
5. David Gaudu (FRA/GFJ) 2:58.
6. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ/AST) 3:09.
7. Daniel Martinez (COL/INE) 3:09.
8. Sepp Kuss (USA/JUM) 3:27.
9. Alexander Vlasov (RUS/BOR) 4:04.
10. Thibaut Pinot (FRA / GFJ) 4:09.

General classification:

1. Jonas Vingegaard (DEN/Jumbo) 71:53:34.
2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO/UAE) at 3:26.
3. Geraint Thomas (GBR/INE) 8:00.
4. David Gaudu (FRA/GFJ) 11:05.
5. Nairo Quintana (COL/ARK) 13:25.
6. Louis Meintjes (RSA/INT) 13:43.
7. Alexander Vlasov (RUS/BOR) 14:10.
8. Romain Bardet (FRA/DSM) 16:11.
9. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ/AST) 20:09.
10. Adam Yates (GBR/INE) 20:17.

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