Not a typical domestique: Vingegaard set for podium at debut Tour de France

Team UAE Emirates Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia wearing the overall leaders yellow jersey L greets Team Jumbo Vismas Jonas Vingegaard of Denmark wearing the best youngs white jersey prior to the 19th stage of the 108th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 207 km between Mourenx and Libourne on July 16 2021 Photo by AnneChristine POUJOULAT AFP Photo by ANNECHRISTINE POUJOULATAFP via Getty Images
Team Jumbo-Visma's Jonas Vingegaard wears the best young rider jersey as classification leader Tadej Pogačar has the yellow jersey (Image credit: Getty Images)

Jonas Vingegaard was thrust into the leadership role at Jumbo-Visma after Primož Roglič was forced out of this Tour de France, but team manager Richard Plugge has insisted that the Dane had been earmarked to race with a certain degree of responsibility even before the race left Brest.

While Roglič was the undisputed leader of the Jumbo-Visma octet, Vingegaard had been delegated to slot into the key role vacated by Tom Dumoulin when he pressed pause on his career earlier this season. Rather than simply ride in support of Roglič, Vingegaard was expected to race in tandem with him against Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates).

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.