Danish rider Jumbo Visma won a crazy 11th stage that saw Pogacar sink in the Granon climb and Bardet got the podium.
At the end of a crazy day at the Tour de France, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo Visma) won the 11th stage between Albertville and the Col du Granon. For his first appearance on the Tour stage since 1986, the Col du Granon lived up to his reputation and crowned the Dane who took advantage of his first Tour victory to take the yellow jersey. , after a terrible failure of Tadej Pogacar in the last ascent (see below).
“Winning a stage and putting on my yellow jersey, I’ve always dreamed of it, it’s amazing, Jonas Vingegaard explained into the microphone of Televisions of France. Pogacar is surely the best runner in the world, it is unthinkable to take off his shirt. He will do his best to get it back and I will do my best to keep it. Thanks to all my team and to Primoz Roglic who is an amazing runner“.
Colombian Nairo Quintana finished second on the stage, with Romain Bardet climbing the podium magnificently and David Gaudu finishing fifth. At the end of the line, the Auvergne started to take second place in the general classification (2’16 ” behind Vingegaard), where he overtook Pogacar in 6 seconds (2’22 ”). This good health of the Frenchman was the extension of that of Warren Barguil, who has long dreamed of winning this first stage queen of 109.e edition. Well located in the great breakaway (20 riders) that formed at the start of the race, the Breton climber isolated himself in the Galibier, where he crossed alone the highest point of the Tour before giving in to the ascent of the Granon, the most difficult, let slip the victory. The last French winner on July 14 (2017, his last victory in the Tour) will wait to raise his arms again but was repositioned in the mountain classification and was able to climb the podium with the prize for the fighting spirit.
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Fact of the day
Attacked on the flanks, Pogacar hesitated. After responding to the various attacks of Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard on the ascent of the Galibier, where he even took his opportunity in starts, the Slovenian almost gave in to the thunderous attack of Jonas Vingegaard 5 kilometers from the ‘arrival. Unable to continue, the victim of an unprecedented failure on the Tour, where he had never yielded, “Pogi” was forced to return his most precious asset. But it would be too early to draw a line with his ambitions towards Paris, although his 2’22 ” disbursements seem like a chasm against this Vingegaard.
statement of the day
Tadej Pogacar, who this Thursday will change his yellow jersey for the white of the best yellow, promised that he had not finished his search for a hat-trick, promising a big fight in the coming days. “I suffered many attacks, they tried to harass me, agreed Pogacar to the microphone of Televisions of France. There were Primoz (Roglic) and Vingegaard, their team was very strong, the strongest at the Col du Granon. I didn’t feel good, it wasn’t my day. I was in hypoglycemia, it was very hard. Now I will attack them, I will keep fighting. It will be an interesting duel. I lost three minutes today, but I could also get them back. I promise you it will be fun to watch this duel on TV.»
The tweet of the day
From laughter to tears. All smiles on the outskirts of Granon, after the great battle he was able to fight with his competitors in the ascent to the Galibier, the Slovenian could not have imagined a destination like this 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 6e and the 7e). But it was Vingegaard, whom he had overtaken in the Super Planche des Belles Filles, who knocked him down on the terrible slopes of Granon, a justice of the peace whom we cannot wait to see again on the way to the Ronda.
image of the day
Handsome player, Tadej Pogacar came to congratulate the winner of the day. To better prepare your revenge? The Slovene, who likes nothing more than scrapping on the roads, has certainly not said his last word. His failure of the day (longing?) 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 out-of-category climbs to the Alpe d’Huez (165 km), should allow us to know a little more about its current real form.
Classification of the 11th stage
1. Jonas Vingegaard (DEN / JUM) did 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 / DAY) 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.