TOUR’22 Stage 11 BREAKDOWN: Breaking down how Jumbo-Visma executed one of the boldest attacking strategies in modern cycling to take the race lead at the Tour de France. Will there be more of the same on the murderous stage 12 back over the Galibier and finishing on the Alpe d’Huez?
– This article is an excerpt from the Beyond the Peloton newsletter. Sign up here for full access. – Jonas Vingegaard executed one of the boldest team strategies in the modern history of the Tour de France to storm clear of his rival GC contenders, including the race-leader Tadej Pogačar, to win the first true Alpine stage and ride into the Yellow Jersey. The winning move, which left Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet in 2nd and 3rd on the stage, was set up from almost impossibly far out by his extremely aggressive, yet focused, Jumbo-Visma team, who committed to burning every match they had relentlessly attacking Pogacar with two massive Alpine ascents left to race. Stage 12 to the Alpe d’Huez These efforts appeared to wear down Pogačar and leave him frazzled when he arrived at the Granon, the final climb on the stage. After following his UAE teammate Rafał Majka up the first half of the climb, Pogačar was unable to respond to early attacks from Quintana and Bardet, and eventually collapsed after Vingegaard realized his biggest rival was vulnerable and laid down a brutal acceleration that saw him put minutes into his competitors in just a few […]