Vingegaard comes out swinging with Gran Camiño stage win

Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) celebrates his victory on stage 1 of the 2023 Gran Camiño on Monte Trega
Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) celebrates his victory on stage 1 of the 2023 Gran Camiño on Monte Trega (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)

Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) laid down a major marker in the first day of racing of his 2023 season, soloing to the Gran Camiño victory on Monte Trega.

Expected to be facing down the already dominant Tadej Pogačar in Paris-Nice next month, Vingegaard's form was unknown until today, where he stormed away to take the first race lead ahead of Ruben Guerreiro (Movistar) by 21 seconds.

Ion Izagirre (Cofidis) came across in third at 24 seconds.

The opening stage from Muralla de Lugo was cancelled due to a rare snowstorm, so Vingegaard is the first leader of the race after stage 2.

"This win feels very good. I felt excellent during the day”, Vingegaard said. "The guys worked hard. Luckily I had the legs to finish it off. The form is good, but I knew that beforehand. It was a tough climb, not least because of the cobbles in the last kilometre. I pushed myself to the limit. I wanted to win, especially for my girlfriend. Now we have the jersey, and of course, we want to keep it. The goal is to win the GC.

"It's a very satisfying feeling to be able to finish off an excellent team effort in this way. Three guys in the team usually ride for our development team. It is impressive to see them holding their own here among the WorldTour teams. Everyone has done their bit. Hopefully, we can show some good things in the coming days.”

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