Vingegaard, winner of stages 11 and 18, is also the second Dane to wear the yellow jersey, the most coveted prize in cycling. Another Dane, Bjarne Reiss, won in 1996, but was ordered to return his yellow jersey he had finished in 2007 after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs to win his title.
2018 Tour champion Geraint Thomas completed the podium in this year’s three-week race.
The Tour de France is a prestigious multi-stage cycling race held annually in France and sometimes in neighboring countries. The race, also known as Le Tour or La Grande Boucle, includes 21 stages and covers 3,328 kilometers in 2022.
Vingegaard survived a hole in the fifth stage to get off to a strong start, moving into the top three for the first time in the next stage as the UAE’s Pogacar team triumphed to rise to the top.
In Stage 7, he painfully missed his Stage 1 victory due to Pogacar’s recent increase in Stage 7.
Vingegaard wrestled the lead and yellow jersey of the Slovenian on Stage 11, with a sparkling attack that earned Vingegaard his first-ever win.
Disaster struck on the 15th stage when Vingegaard was involved in a crash, with Pogacar adding another win two stages later, but the Dane responded emphatically with his second stage 18 win to extend his lead to nearly three and a half minutes.
Vingegaard’s victory also earned Team Jumbo-Visma his first championship of the Tour, winning an impressive six stages.
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