Vingegaard: Second at the Tour de France is really amazing for me

Tour de France 2021 - 108th Edition - 17th stage Muret - Col du Portet 178,4 km - 14/07/2021 - Jonas Vingegaard (DEN - Jumbo - Visma) - photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021
Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) on stage 17 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Jonas Vingegaard predicted as much. The evening before stage 17 of the Tour de France, the Jumbo-Visma rider suggested that the final climb of the Col du Portet would be “man against man,” and so it proved.

After UAE Team Emirates had whittled down the yellow jersey group on the lower slopes of the climb, Tadej Pogačar unleashed a rasping attack with 8.5km to race. Vingegaard was the first rider to track Pogačar there, and when the maillot jaune kicked again a kilometre later, he was only one of two men able to follow.

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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.