Tour de France: Vingegaard wears tag of challenger lightly ahead of Andorra test

Tour de France 2021 - 108th Edition - 11th stage Sorgues - Malaucene 198,9 km - 07/07/2021 - Jonas Vingegaard (DEN - Jumbo - Visma) - Tadej Pogacar (SLO - UAE Team Emirates) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021
Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) rides on Mont Ventoux ahead of Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

This time three years ago, Jonas Vingegaard was icing fish in a factory in Hanstholm on the North Sea coast every morning from dawn to midday, and then training on his bike in the afternoons. Now he finds himself being tipped as the man most likely to reel in the seemingly-uncatchable Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) at the Tour de France.

Vingegaard is an accidental leader for Jumbo-Visma at this Tour, stepping into the role after Primož Roglič was forced out by a crash, but there was nothing inadvertent about his rise from the factory floor to the Big Show. Even when he was clocking on every morning at the ChrisFish facility, his performances in the under-23 ranks were eliciting attention at WorldTour level.

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