'Already a victory' - Visma-Lease a Bike lift lid on Jonas Vingegaard's rocky road to 2024 Tour de France participation

Jonas Vingegaard
Jonas Vingegaard (Image credit: Getty Images)

“Imagine that the Tour de France winner was coming home from one hour riding a bike on the flat part in Denmark, and being very tired after that one hour, you can imagine he was very far away."

That was how Visma-Lease a Bike lead sports director Merijn Zeeman described one of the multiple memorable points on Jonas Vingegaard’s rollercoaster pathway from what Zeeman called the “worst crash he had in his career” in April, to Thursday’s announcement, two months later he will take part in the Tour de France.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.