Tour de France diary Thursday 14th July

Tour de France diary Thursday 14th July

Jonas Vingegaard (1/3 Tour de France 2022 outright) is the man with the yellow jersey as the Tour de France heads into stage 12 on Bastille Day.

Jumbo-Visma’s Vingegaard was in third place in the overall standings leading into stage 11 on Wednesday but the 25-year-old produced a remarkable attack on the final climb to claim the stage win at the top of Col du Granon.

The stage win means Vingegaard (5/2 stage 12 winner) now has a +2mins 16secs advantage over Romain Bardet, while defending champion Tadej Pogacar is a further six seconds behind.

When questioned on whether he could believe he was the man leading the event, Vingegaard replied: “No, it is really incredible. It is hard for me to put words on.

“This is what I always dreamt of, a stage in the Tour and now the yellow jersey.”

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Meanwhile it was a disappointing day for Pogacar (4/1 stage 12 winner) who admitted he struggled in the latter stages but is hopeful he can respond on Thursday.

“I suffered all the way to the end,” Pogacar said. “I don’t know what happened. At the Galibier I was still so good. I got a lot of attacking from Jumbo-Visma. Then, in the last climb I just didn’t have good legs.

“It is not over yet. He got three minutes today, maybe tomorrow it’s me who gets three minutes. We will fight until the end.”

There will be plenty of added excitement for stage 12 on Bastille Day with the action getting underway at Briançon before the finish line 166 km up the road at Alpe d’Huez.

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Author: Lucas Carlson