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Jonas Vingegaard crashes but retains lead as Jasper Philipsen wins stage 15

Jonas Vingegaard crashes but retains lead as Jasper Philipsen wins stage 15

Jonas Vingegaard of Team Jumbo-Visma, in the yellow jersey, lost two teammates to injury on Sunday. Jonas Vingegaard’s Jumbo-Visma team suffered another traumatic day on…

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Jonas Vingegaard of Team Jumbo-Visma, in the yellow jersey, lost two teammates to injury on Sunday. Jonas Vingegaard’s Jumbo-Visma team suffered another traumatic day on stage 15 of the Tour de France with the race leader losing two key climbing lieutenants, as the peloton raced through furnace-like conditions on the road to Carcassonne.

Primoz Roglic, who had started the day as lead support rider to Vingegaard, and Steven Kruijswijk, both quit the Tour through injury, Roglic withdrawing before the stage began and Kruijswijk after crashing with 135 kilometres to race.

Worse still, Vingegaard and teammate Tiesj Benoot also came down with 58 kilometres remaining and, in an echo of the stage to Arenberg, in which the Dutch team appeared chaotic, had to chase to resume position alongside closest rival, defending champion, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates).

But the loss of both Roglic and Kruijswijk, two of the team’s strongest climbers, with three days of racing in the Pyrenees looming, may yet prove damaging. “I’m OK,” Vingegaard said at the finish. He still leads Pogacar by two minutes and 22 seconds. “I’ve some road rash down my left side. I went down but quickly got up again. I feel a bit sore but that’s how it is after a crash.”

On the absence of Roglic and Kruijswijk, he admitted that he had “lost two very important team members, two very strong riders, which isn’t nice. It was quite a bad day for us”.

Vingegaard’s sports director, Grischa Niermann, was more direct. “It was a shit day,” […]

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