Jonas Vingegaard wins Tour de France again as Pogacar enters Stage 20 – The Guardian

Tour de France 2023

  • Vingegaard will wear yellow on the Champs-Élysées on Sunday
  • Pogacar ends the tour on a positive note while Pinot puts on a show

Tadej Pogacar won the final mountain stage of the 2023 Tour de France to Le Markstein while Jonas Vingegaard secured back-to-back wins in the French race. Since only the procession stage to the center of Paris is left on Sunday, the Dane will wear the last yellow jersey on the Champs-Élysées on Sunday, provided there are no accidents.

Pogacar, whose overall challenge failed in the Alps midweek, was determined to end the Tour on a positive note. Despite his most recent stage win, he was still beaten overall by Vingegaard by 7min 29s, while UAE teammate Adam Yates was third overall, 10min 56s behind the Jumbo Visma rider.

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The Yates twins, Adam and his brother Simon, ended this tour exactly as they started it: riding to the finish together, with Adam Yates leading Pogacar to the last kilometer in preparation for his sprint to victory.

On his last tour on local roads, Thibaut Pinot made good on his promise and attempted to win the stage. The Frenchman’s solo move was cheered by thousands as ‘pinotmania’ swept the Vosges.

The Groupama FDJ rider, who had said before the stage that “it would be difficult to know these roads better than I did”, led the yellow jersey group, which included Vingegaard, by a minute and a half as he reached the summit of the penultimate climb, the Petit Ballon.

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Three pursuers – Tom Pidcock, Warren Barguil and Chris Harper – chased Pinot to the foot of the last mountain of the tour, the Col du Platzerwasel.

But with nine kilometers to go, the tired Frenchman’s determination wasn’t enough and after being swept up by Vingegaard, Pogacar and climbing phenom Felix Gall, he slipped back.

The stage was marred by a series of falls, with three riders in the top 10 – Pidcock’s teammate Carlos Rodriguez, Vingegaard’s main climbing guide, Sepp Kuss and Pinot’s co-leader David Gaudu – among the falls.

Rodriguez, covered in blood on both his left side and forehead, fought hard to hold onto fourth place but couldn’t stop Simon Yates on the final climb to secure fourth overall.


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