four days from the finish, Jonas Vingegaard has already extinguished the suspense

If the Dane refuses to declare himself the winner on Wednesday, the resignation has won over the Slovenian team, relegated more than seven minutes in the general standings.

“Barring bad luck, Jonas won the Tour.” In front of the Jumbo-Visma bus upon arrival in Courchevel, Wednesday 19 July, it was time to smile for sporting directors Frans Maassen and Grischa Niermann. Their leader, Jonas Vingegaard, significantly increased his advantage over Tadej Pogacar on Wednesday 19 July, taking advantage of the Slovenian’s failure at the Col de la Loze. He is now 7 minutes and 35 seconds ahead of his second in the general standings, while on Saturday he will only have one mountain stage left to fill this gap.

After the uppercut obtained in Tuesday’s time trial, Tadej Pogacar was eliminated on Wednesday in the queen stage of the Tour de France. “Today we had to fight hoping that Jonas would fail, but the opposite happened”summary Joxean Fernandez Matxinsports director of the Slovenian team. “We didn’t expect yesterday’s scenario, it must have put some effort in his head. Of course we hoped for it, but Vingegaard is very strong, with a great team. They’re doing better and it shows”recognizes Mauro Gianetti, the manager of the United Arab Emirates, who already called on Tuesday at “stay realistic”.

Vingegaard remains cautious

So if they hope that no unfortunate event will come to oppose Jonas Vingegaard in his conquest of the second yellow jersey, the sporting directors of Jumbo-Visma are savoring the victory to come. “It was the day we had targeted when the route to topple the Tour de France and push others to their limits was announced. It happened, but we didn’t expect it to be of such proportions”, welcomes Grischa Niermann. And even within the group, the new coronation of Jonas Vingegaard is no longer in doubt. “Congratulations to him, he was the strongest, he will definitely win his second Tour de France”bowed David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ).


Finally, the only one who keeps his feet on the ground is the main interested party, Jonas Vingegaard himself. “No, I can’t say I’ve won yet. I’m relieved, a seven-minute lead is great, but we’re not in Paris yet. There are still some difficult stages ahead and I’ll do my best”, tempered the yellow jersey. The latter waits for his runner-up to try his luck one last time between Belfort and Markstein on Saturday, the day before arriving in Paris: “Pogacar never gives up, he will try something and I have to be ready to react.”

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