Tour de France - 20e étape - Wout van Aert remporte le chrono, Jonas Vingegaard s'assure définitivement le maillot jaune

Tour de France – 20e étape – Wout van Aert remporte le chrono, Jonas Vingegaard s’assure définitivement le maillot jaune


Untouchable Jumbo-Visma: the bouquet for van Aert, the confirmation for Vingegaard. The bees engulf everything that hangs around the hive. Magnanimous the day before, the green jersey pulled out its fangs to claim a third success in this 109th edition of the Tour de France, winner of the time trial of the 20th stage, disputed between Lacapelle-Marival and Rocamadour (40.7 kilometres). The Flemish waited until the end to celebrate his good with Jonas Vingegaard, second of the day despite an emotional last kilometer.

The yellow jersey, the green jersey, six stage victories: nothing stops the Dutch team, which could well aim for a four in a row tomorrow on the Champs-Elysées. Expected on a technical and rolling course, Tadej Pogacar (3rd) and Filippo Ganna (5th) were somewhat disappointed. On the French side, David Gaudu did not shudder to keep his fourth place (26th), one position ahead of Aleksandr Vlasov (BORA – hansgrohe), author of the comeback of the day (two places gained). Romain Bardet, second Frenchman in a well-negotiated time (25th), also climbs one place overall (7th).

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Vingeard – Van Aert, monsters and Co.


Van Aert didn’t want to miss it: the arrival of Vingegaard under the ovation of his Jumbo teammate

Off the podium, Ganna leaves fanny

The course was desirable, the macadam cut with a cutter on the Occitan roads offered a suitable surface for a last fight at loggerheads. The long sections with headwind should allow Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) to unwind the watts. But the former volleyball player with a smooth character stumbled on the last two bumps of the profile: the coast of Magès and that of Hospitalet. And if that wasn’t enough, a final descent with perilous threads awaited the riders before climbing back up to Rocamadour. The Transalpin is not fond of these technical descents, and has undoubtedly made a few grains of time in the case.

Another man, who had everything to lose, almost had the worst of it, the rear wheel chasing in a left turn. Jonas Vingegaard had ambitions on this irregular course for fresh runners. The Dane is one, certainly, and posted green on all intermediate scores, despite the excellent action of his teammate, Wout van Aert. The green jersey is insatiable, and if the Belgian’s victory is undoubtedly rooted in an understandable relaxation of the yellow jersey, scalded by his fear and overwhelmed by emotion (+ 19”), van Aert pushed back his cursors to heights maddening. Nothing much seems to resist the vice-world champion of the discipline, victorious for the third time on this 109th edition, and now nine times victorious on the Tour.

Gaudu: “The Tour must end, but I’m proud to finish fourth”

The rise of Vlasov, the seriousness of Gaudu and Bardet

The fight for the general classification did not constitute a thick common thread in the Occitan hinterland. Aleksandr Vlasov (18th, BORA – Hansgrohe) achieved a satisfactory end to the Grande Boucle with a 5th place finish, taking advantage of an acute deterioration of Louis Meintjes (71st, Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux), who fell to 8th place and overtaken by Romain Bardet (DSM). The Auvergnat (7th overall) delivered a regular and complete score, crossing the line in 25th place, a position behind Benjamin Thomas (24th, Cofidis), but one place ahead of David Gaudu (26th), who was never worried about his fourth place.

Nairo Quintana never found his rhythm (42nd), victim of Vlasov on the wire (6th overall). A page is therefore turned at the twilight of an edition gone to chase some records. In this quest for figures, Jumbo-Visma has demonstrated all of its high arithmetic potential. Tadej Pogacar and his gluttony (2nd, +3’34”) have found someone to talk to.

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Vingegaard: “Since last year, I felt I could win the Tour de France”


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Gaudu: “The Tour must end, but I’m proud to finish fourth”


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