Pogacar fiddles in Vingegaard’s second reign

Jonas Vingegaard was crowned this Sunday in the Elysian Fields for the second year in a row. The Danish goes to integrate the select club of multiple champions of the Tour de France. A total of 22 cyclists have won it more than once in 110 editions. And among them, 14 runners have done it consecutively. He is already great among the greats. A luxury partner in two illustrious lists in which he also appears Tadej Pogacar. The name of the second classified exalts the success of the first. It has been a duel of giants, where only one could remain. And that has been Vingegaard, who has had to win the Tour twice, and both times against a phenomenon like Pogacar, to be accepted as the strongest in the race, as number one… Vingegaard is the champion. Without fissures. After his triumphs in 2020 and 2021, the Slovenian seemed called to mark a long and prolific era in the Grande Boucle. Now it is the Dane who hangs that label, he has established himself as the man to beat. The result is tied: Vingegaard, 2; Pogcar, 2. But Jonas will start next year on pole. Own right.

The Tour leaves a champion on the podium and another in the heart of the fans. It gives the feeling that Pogacar has reached the public more for his cheerful cycling, for his constant predisposition to attack… We have the image that the Slovenian has started many times, and that always dazzles. he even did it this Sunday on the Champs Elyséeswith a Van Hooydonck hallucinating his wheel. But it is fair to admit that, at the moment of truth, the Dane’s blows have been more accurate. The day Pogi scratched the longest were the 28 seconds of Cauterets. She never went from there. Vingegaard, not counting the bird of the Lozehe put 1:04 on the Marie Blanque day and 1:38 on the Combloux time trial. One generated a show and the other crushed the rival coldly like a robot.

The 2023 Tour has provided great emotions. Thanks, above all, to that pulse of colossi. But also on other fronts. This time, moreover, the Spanish peloton has participated in the party. After five years without tasting victory, this year he has achieved three stages: two led by two veteransPello Bilbao and Ion Izagirre, and the third, in the majestic Alpsof a promising pearl, Carlos Rodríguez, the revelation of this edition. The man from Granada finishes fifth in Paris, just ahead of Bilbao, but came to occupy podium stand. His benefits, at the age of 22, open up the illusion of the future.

Jordi Meeus surprises in the final sprint in Paris, which brought the Tour de France to a close.
Jordi Meeus surprises in the final sprint in Paris, which brought the Tour de France to a close. stephane maheREUTERS

Movistar could not participate of those Spanish festivities. The loss of its leader, Enric Mas, on the first day of the race, he left the group disoriented. Even so, he knew how to change his spirit and plans, he got into multiple adventures, including this Sunday with Nelson Oliveira and Gorka Izagirre; he brushed victory with Matteo Jorgenson in the reappeared Puy de Dômeshone with Antonio Pedrero in Issoire… But misfortune struck the team until leaving it in the skeleton, with only four cyclists.

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Oliveira, who launched the last Movistar rocket, along with Simon Clarke and Frederik Frison, was also eaten. Just like his partner Gorka, which he ripped off later. Apart from these attempts and Pogacar’s rompsthe leading role in the final sprint of paris fell on Belgian Jordi Meeus, 25, who prevented the fifth victory of his compatriot Jasper Philipsen. A huge surprise to close a dream Tour.

General ranking

after
cyclist
EquipmentTime
1


Jordi Meeus

BOH 2h:56:13
2


Jasper Phillipsen

ADC +00:00
3


Dylan Groenewegen

JAY +00:00
4


Mads Pederson

TFS +00:00
5


Cees Bowl

AST +00:00
6


Biniam Ghirmay

ICW +00:00
7


Bryan Coquard

COF +00:00
8


Søren Wærenskjold

ONE +00:00
9


Corbin Strong

IPT +00:00
10


Luca Mozzato

ARK +00:00
after
cyclist
EquipmentTime
1


Jonas Vingegaard

TJV 82:05:42
2


Tadej Pogacar

UAD +07:29
3


adam yates

UAD +10:56
4


Simon Yates

JAY +12:23
5


carlos rodriguez

IGD +13:17
6


bilbao hair

TBV +13:27
7


Jai Hindley

BOH +14:44
8


Felix Gall

ACT +16:09
9


David Gaudú

GFC +23:08
10


Guillaume Martin

COF +26:30

See complete classification

stages

  • 19

    Moirans-en-Montagne – Poligny


    Matej Mohoric
    TBV

    172km

    Fri. July-21

  • twenty

    Belfort-Le Markstein


    Tadej Pogacar
    UAD

    133km

    Sat. 22-July

  • twenty-one

    Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines – Paris


    Jordi Meeus
    BOH

    115km

    Sun. 23-July

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