SERRE CHEVALIER, France—Jonas Vingegaard threw all the pieces at Tadej Pogacar to win an epic eleventh stage of the Tour de France and substitute the defending champion as the general chief after a grueling Alpine trek on Wednesday.
Final yr’s runner-up Vingegaard attacked 4.9km from the end to drop Pogacar, who had been attacked relentlessly by the Dane’s Jumbo-Visma staff all day lengthy and cracked after wanting unbreakable within the first block of racing.
Pogacar held off his rivals within the Col du Telegraphe, the place the offensive started 90 kilometers from the road, and the lung-busting Col du Galibier, even winking on the cameras earlier than the ultimate ascent, a dreaded 11.3-km climb at 9.2% to the Col du Granon, which culminates at 2,412 meters.
However Vingegaard’s brutal acceleration wiped the smile off the Slovenian’s face and Pogacar all of the sudden opened his jersey to get some air earlier than seeing Geraint Thomas, David Gaudu and Adam Yates journey previous him within the finale of a memorable 151.7-kilometer journey from Albertville.
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Vingegaard reaped the rewards of his earlier assaults and people of teammate Primoz Roglic, who sacrificed his personal possibilities in a risk-it-all technique by the Jumbo Visma outfit in arguably the very best Tour stage this century.
After his assault, Vingegaard by no means appeared again, overtaking Frenchman Warren Barguil, the final survivor of the day’s breakaway, and Colombian Nairo Quintana, who had gone solo earlier from the group of favorites.
Quintana took second place, 59 seconds behind, with France’s Romain Bardet ending third, one minute and 10 seconds off the tempo.
“The staff was incredible, particularly Primoz. He’s one of many leaders and he did all the pieces. He confirmed how beneficiant he’s. He’s such an excellent rider. Successful a tour stage and carrying the yellow jersey is what I’ve all the time dreamed off,” stated Vingegaard.
“Tadej might be the very best rider on this planet. Taking the yellow jersey from him is unimaginable. He’ll do all the pieces he can to reclaim it and I’ll do all the pieces to maintain it.
“Within the final three kilometers I used to be on the restrict, I simply wished it to finish. It was brutal, brutal.”
Pogacar vowed to battle on forward of one other brutal day within the Alps with the twelfth stage taking a worn-out peloton from Briancon to the enduring Alpe d’Huez, going by way of the Col du Galibier at 2,642 meters earlier than an infinite ascent to the Col de la Croix de Fer.
“I first felt good within the Galibier. I got here underneath assault they usually harassed me,” the 23-year-old Pogacar, whose staff has been weakened after two UAE Emirates riders pulled out of the race with COVID-19, stated.
“The entire Jumbo staff had been tremendous sturdy they usually had been simply stronger. Instantly within the Granon I didn’t really feel good. It was not my day however I’ll proceed to battle,” stated Pogacar.
“I’m going to attempt to regain a while, for you guys it’s going to be good to look at. At the moment was a nasty day however beginning tomorrow I’ll be on the assault once more.”
Pogacar, who began the day 39 seconds forward of Vingegaard within the general rankings, crossed the road in seventh place, 2:51 behind the winner, his face a masks of exhaustion.
Total, Vingegaard leads Bardet by 2:16 and third-placed Pogacar by 2:22.
The Ineos-Grenadiers staff restricted the injury, with Thomas taking fourth place and Yates ending sixth on the day.
Thomas, the 2018 champion, is fourth general, 4 seconds behind Pogacar, and Yates lies in sixth, 40 seconds behind his teammate.
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