The performances achieved by the leaders of the Tour de France question and the statistical data are overwhelming for Jonas Vingegaard and others.
Tadej Pogacar had to face the facts. Unable to follow Jonas Vingegaard on the climb to Hautacam after harassing his Danish rival, the double winner of the Tour de France came across stronger than him. ” The best won, Jonas was stronger than me. Jumbo-Visma did a perfect job on this Tour de France. I take my hat off to them “, has also admitted the Slovenian after the coup de force of the rider of the Jumbo-Visma. A demonstration that did not fail to react.
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According to the specialists in the field, including Antoine Vayer, by climbing Hautacam in 36’39” after nearly three weeks of racing and the fast ascent of Spandelles, Jonas Vingegaard developed a power of 439 watts during this climb. Enough to allow him to join Bjarne Riis and Michael Rasmussen, winners at Hautacam in 1996 and 2007, in the legend of Danish cycling. But his two compatriots were subsequently convicted of doping…
For comparison, David Gaudu developed a power of 404 watts. Still according to the former Festina coach, Jonas Vingegaard has an average of 426 watts over the seven main passes of this Tour de France. Enough to place it in the abnormal results on the physiological level. A finding that also applies to Tadej Pogacar and his 419 watts and even Geraint Thomas, who displays 412 watts on average at 36 years old. Enough to say in his column on the Cyclisme Dopage site that the Breton, who finished with 410 watts on these seven climbs and should keep his fourth place at the end of the last time trial, is the “ethical winner”the “moral winner” of this Tour de France.
Probably the perf of the decade yesterday for Jonas Vingegaard. 6.35 W/kg for 38’30” after a big ascent of Spandelles and 3 hellish weeks of racing. Pogacar made several ‘Gd Bornand’ on this Tour but we didn’t realize it because there was another alien in front. pic.twitter.com/cDPi4opX4H
– Le ßeau Vélo (@Le_Beau_Velo) July 22, 2022
Vingegaard’s estimated power after the split session in Spandelles, then the end of the pass by Pogi, is possibly one of (the?) biggest mark in the mountains since the introduction of the organic passport. https://t.co/q4D1ykZ1u2
— Remi (@Liam_8910) July 22, 2022
Antoine Vayer is not the only one to be moved by the spectacle offered by the Jumbo. A show that looks like a throwback for many. “The Jumbos ridicule the Tour”, headlined on its inside pages, writing: “It was close to the grotesque for the men in yellow, who rode without complex with Benoot and Kuss to catch up with… Van Aert. The climb to Hautacam has often given birth to scams (Bjarne Riis, Lance Armstrong, Leonardo Piepoli, and Juan José Cobo Acebo), the 2022 vintage is not far from indecency. At the end of the third week of a Tour de France (perhaps one of the hardest of the 21e century) which made the whole peloton suffer, between the frenetic pace, the heat wave and the stress of the covid tests, there are not many riders left capable of this kind of mind-blowing performance. » The teamwhich belongs to ASO, organizer of the event, was obviously less circumspect. “He will finish first in the other world”can we nevertheless read about David Gaudu.