Convinced of being able to overthrow the Tour de France until this 18th stage which buried his last dreams of victory, Tadej Pogacar finally recognized the superiority of Jonas Vingegaard.
Tadej Pogacar has once again tried everything. Too much no doubt. Evidenced by his fall in the descent of the Col des Spandelles when he tried to unclamp Jonas Vingegaard by printing a hellish pace and the backlash he suffered on the climb to Hautacam, unable to follow Wout van Aert. . In the end, the double winner of the Tour de France lost almost an extra minute on his Danish rival and thus knew how to fly away his last dreams of a third consecutive coronation.
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Because despite the two minutes and more behind and his inability to let go of Jonas Vingegaard, the Slovenian continued to believe in his star, the day before, after his victory at Peyragudes. He even wanted to ” optimistic “. This time, the Team UAE rider is ready to swear allegiance to his executioner, the first to make him bite the dust on the Grande Boucle. Tadej Pogacar finally recognizes it: Jonas Vingegaard was the best during this Tour de France. Him and his Jumbo-Visma armada.
The best won
” I have nothing but respect for Jonas and I think we respect each other. Today the best won, Jonas was stronger than me. Jumbo-Visma did a perfect job on this Tour de France. I take my hat off to them “, he confided at the end of Thursday’s stage. However, the white jersey was satisfied with his fate. ” I couldn’t have had a better way of losing the Tour de France. I gave everything, thinking about the general classification, and I will be able to leave the race without regrets “, he assured, adding: “ It’s a good second place, I’m proud of it.»
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As was the case in the rise of the Galibier, before his failure in the Granon, Tadej Pogacar did not save himself during this 19e step, this time to attack. A burst of energy that will again have been fatal to him. “I gave it my all because I was thinking of the yellow jersey, not the stage victory. I started to push hard on the penultimate climb, I thought I still had strength left for the last climb.he continued. I wanted to attack on the descent but I went a bit too far and fell. This fall cost me energy, he adds. I tried to follow the Jumbo-Visma all the way, but they were too strong. »