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Twist on the Mountain: Vingegaard Grabs Tour de France Lead

Twist on the Mountain: Vingegaard Grabs Tour de France Lead

A daring attack near the end of a punishing stage put a Danish rider in the yellow jersey, left Tadej Pogacar in his wake and…

Wednesday, Jul 13

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A daring attack near the end of a punishing stage put a Danish rider in the yellow jersey, left Tadej Pogacar in his wake and upended the standings. Jonas Vingegaard pulled on the leader’s yellow jersey for the first time on Wednesday.Credit…Daniel Cole/Associated Press Jonas Vingegaard turned the Tour de France on its head on Wednesday with a sharp attack on the brutal final climb that won him the race’s 11th stage and snatched the leader’s yellow jersey from Tadej Pogacar.

On the day’s earlier climbs of the Col du Télégraphe and the Col du Galibier, Pogacar and Vingegaard traded attacks, with neither managing to get away for long. And at the bottom of the final climb of the finishing Col du Granon, just about all the key riders were massed together. In a cagey race, some might have expected that there would not be major changes to the overall standings at the end of the day.

But that theory didn’t reckon with the difficulty of the Granon, a punishing climb to nearly 8,000 feet above sea level that had been raced on the Tour only once before, in 1986. Simply put, Vingegaard thrived on it while Pogacar did not.

With about three miles to go, Vingegaard made a fierce attack. And Pogacar, who had controlled the race since it started on July 1 surprisingly did not — or could not — respond. Vingegaard caught a few riders who were up the road, raced on alone up the Granon and finished alone […]

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