Vingegaard: “You can lose the Tour in a stage like this”

Jonas Vingegaard kept the yellow jersey without problems for one more stage. There was a cut between the sprinters and the rest of the peloton in Moulins. They were seven seconds apart, and it was precisely the Dane who led the group. “As a cyclist looking at the general, you can lose the Tour de France in a stage like this. You have to be attentive. Luckily, my team was great and took me well placed until the end. As we entered the last three kilometres, I could just concentrate on hopping from wheel to wheel until I reached the finish line. I am very grateful to my team for their great work, because there was some nerves due to the final rain”, said the reigning champion at the finish line.

On a few occasions, he is seen close to Tadej Pogacar in the peloton, and was asked if they have conversations. “Yes, sometimes I talk to him in the squad, we have done it once, but it is not frequent”. In addition, he showed his motivation for the coming stages: “I feel good and prepared. Tomorrow’s stage can be treacherous”. He is still accompanied by his wife and daughter, who arrived last weekend for the race.

“I’m going to try to keep the yellow jersey, because my daughter Frida loves the lions that give me with them. I have to get him as many as I can,” she said with a smile. On the other hand, Pogacar also spoke, leaving good feelings after talking about his operated wrist months ago: “It’s better. I feel the same discomfort every day, so I guess I’ll need a couple of days to rest after the Tour.r. It is the poorly paved roads that annoy me the most, but luckily all the French roads are in excellent condition, ”he said in his usual cheerful tone.

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