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Vingegaard climbs into yellow in the Alps as Pogacar cracks on stage 11

Vingegaard climbs into yellow in the Alps as Pogacar cracks on stage 11

Jonas Vingegaard celebrates at the finish line at the end of a gruelling stage 11. Jonas Vingegaard’s Jumbo-Visma team will not need reminding that the…

Wednesday, Jul 13

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Jonas Vingegaard celebrates at the finish line at the end of a gruelling stage 11. Jonas Vingegaard’s Jumbo-Visma team will not need reminding that the last time they had the yellow jersey of Tour de France leadership, Tadej Pogacar exacted the most terrible revenge, ruthlessly usurping fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic on the penultimate day of the 2020 Tour, to take his first win in Paris .

But on the terrible slopes of the Col du Granon, it was the Dutch team’s turn to inflict pain. Dramatically put to the sword by Vingegaard on the remote climb, last seen in the 1986 Tour, it was Pogacar who suffered most on the 11th stage of this year’s race as his control of the overall standings collapsed.

The double champion’s 2022 Tour de France campaign exploded in the Haut-Alpes after a series of attacks from Vingegaard lost him both the coveted maillot jaune and, perhaps more damagingly, his aura of invincibility.

“I was a bit surprised that the time gaps were this big,” Vingegaard said after winning the stage. “On the other hand, it was also a super-hot stage. We attacked on the Télégraphe and again on the Galibier, so we really had a plan to make the race hard today. I think the harder it is, the bigger the gaps will be at the end, and I think that was in my advantage.”

But the 25-year-old Dane said that when he attacked he didn’t know Pogacar was struggling. “No, but I took the chance. I […]

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