SERRE CHEVALIER, France — Jonas Vingegaard threw everything at Tadej Pogacar to win the epic 11th stage of the Tour de France and replace the defending champion as overall leader after a grueling Alpine climb tired on Wednesday.
Last year’s runner-up Vingegaard struck 4.9km from the finish line to take down Pogacar, who was repeatedly attacked by Dane’s Jumbo-Visma team all day and cracked after looking unbreakable in the first race block. .
Pogacar held off its rivals at the Col du Telegraphe, where the attack began 90 kilometers from the line, and the Col du Galibier was active, even winking at the cameras before making its final ascent, when climb the fearsome 11.3 km at 9.2% to the Col du Granon, peaking at 2,412 metres.
But Vingegaard’s brutal sprint wiped the smile from the Slovenian’s face and Pogacar unexpectedly opened his shirt for some air before witnessing Geraint Thomas, David Gaudu and Adam Yates overtook him in the final of the memorable 151.7 km ride from Albertville.
Class recognition class 😍
– Velon CC (@VelonCC) July 13, 2022
Vingegaard reaped the rewards of his earlier attacks and that of teammate Primoz Roglic, who sacrificed his own chance at a risky strategy with a Jumbo Visma outfit on the supposedly good Tour leg. most of this century.
After his attack, Vingegaard never looked back, surpassing Frenchman Warren Barguil, the last survivor of the secession day, and Colombian Nairo Quintana, who had previously soloed from the favorites.
Quintana is in second place, 59 seconds behind, with France’s Romain Bardet in third, a minute and 10 seconds behind pace.
“The team is amazing, especially Primoz. He was one of the leaders and he did everything. He showed how generous he is. He’s a really good racer. To win the tour and put on the yellow shirt is something I have always dreamed of,” said Vingegaard.
“Tadej is probably the best racer in the world. Taking the yellow jersey from him was unbelievable. He’ll do whatever it takes to get it back and I’ll do whatever it takes to keep it.
“For the last three kilometers I was over the limit, I just wanted it to end. It’s brutal, barbaric.”
Pogacar vows to fight another brutal day in the Alps with the 12th leg taking a worn marble from Briancon to the iconic Alpe d’Huez, passing Col du Galibier at 2,642 meters before ascending to the Col de la Croix de Fer.
HARD STRATEGY ONLY
“I felt good for the first time in Galibier. I was attacked and they harassed me,” said Pogacar, 23, who was weakened after two UAE drivers pulled out of the race with COVID-19, said.
“The entire Jumbo team is super strong and they just get stronger. Suddenly in Granon, I didn’t feel well. It is not my day but I will continue to fight,” said Pogacar.
“I will try to get some time back, because you guys will have fun watching. Today is a bad day but starting tomorrow, I will attack again.”
Pogacar, who started the day 39 seconds ahead of Vingegaard in the overall standings, came through in seventh, behind the 2:51 winner, his face showing fatigue.
Overall, Vingegaard leads Bardet 2:16 and Pogacar is third with 2:22.
The Ineos-Grenadiers managed to limit damage, with Thomas taking fourth and Yates sixth for the day.
Thomas, the 2018 champion, was fourth overall, four seconds behind Pogacar, and Yates was sixth, 40 seconds behind his teammate.
BUT RELATED STORY
Get the hottest sports news straight to your inbox
Register INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer and more than 70 other titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to news, download as early as 4am and share articles on media society. Call 896 6000.