'You don't win the Tour de France with words' – A clash of styles in Tadej Pogačar and Jonas Vingegaard's endless duel

2024 Tour de France leader Tadej Pogacar on Tuesday
2024 Tour de France leader Tadej Pogacar on Tuesday (Image credit: Getty Images)

A duel thrives on contrasts. As riders, Tadej Pogačar and Jonas Vingegaard probably have more in common than either man would admit, but the longer the pair define this era of the Tour de France, the more their rivalry has come to be defined by their differences.

As with McEnroe and Borg or Senna and Prost, the idea has taken hold that Pogačar and Vingegaard represent two very different modes of interpreting their sport. On a superficial level, it helps that Pogačar's smiling exuberance contrasts so readily with Vingegaard's more reserved detachment.

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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.