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Tour de France 2022: Three notable things - Jonas Vingegaard made a statement about the overall victory in the time trial

Tour de France 2022: Three notable things – Jonas Vingegaard made a statement about the overall victory in the time trial

Another 50 minutes of suffering and then the overall final classification of the Tour de France will be decided. The final duel of the top drivers took place 40.7 kilometers from La Capel-Marival to Rocamadour.

A prestigious victory was still on the line before the final chapter of Episode 109 “Grand Bouquet” was written in the final stage in Paris.

As in the previous year, the victory in the fight against the clock went to Wout Van Aert on the 20th stage, who was able to celebrate his success on the third day in July.

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But it wasn’t just the sequential and dominant green jersey winner who set the agenda in search for seconds.

Three things stood out in the time trial:

1. Vingegaard makes a winning statement

Even before the start of the 20th stage, there was no longer any reasonable doubt about the Dane’s overall victory – at 3:26 his lead was so great that even Tadej Pojjakar was able to bridge that gap on Dream Day.

But Vingegaard made it clear from the first scale that he wasn’t interested in managing the yellow jersey: as a last start, he compiled split times records from behind. It wasn’t just a quick start to stifle any hope for the Slovenian – no, the 25-year-old kept going, on all three measuring points making the best value.

Even on the last slope he still risks a lot, almost a lot: Only he was able to prevent a fall that could have dire consequences. Only then, knowing that his teammate Wout Van Aert and not Pogacar would actually be the winner of the day, he took his foot off the gas and finally enjoyed the last few meters in a sense of victory.
The statement was still clear: Vingegaard proved he wasn’t a Tour winner thanks to Pogacar. This is not the weakness of the defending champion at Col du Granon Would that have taken him to the top of the podium in Paris – but his own strength. The jumbo captain showed himself and all the observers: I won the round, and Pogacar didn’t lose it.
He had already used his last hilltop point at Hautacam to beat his opponent, which he had easily controlled anyway. Now he continued on the time trial: Even in this discipline, where Pogacar was considered the stronger of the two, he was outdone in the final week of this tour. Another winning statement that should leave no doubt as to the balance of power: see here, according to Vingegaard – finally Timeout 3:34 minutes It’s not just based on those 2:51 minutes of Col du Granon.

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2. Bora turns up the heat at the last minute

Lots of effort, but little luck – the 2022 round didn’t go well for the German racing team.

However, at the twentieth stage, he once again explained what would have been possible without the bad luck of falling and getting sick. Captain Alexander Vlasov worked his way up to fifth overall, assuring that had he been in normal shape he would have already been a contender for the podium.

Maximilian Schachmann also showed what might be his strongest trial at this distance and proved himself ninth of the daily ranking, That it will also be a factor in the races after the Tour. The same applies to Nils Bullet (12th), who also came out of these three weeks not on the gums, but with a knife between his teeth.

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3. Long distances in the fastest round

The last 115 kilometers in Paris won’t change anything decisive in the numbers: the 2022 Tour will be the fastest of 109 events to date, currently averaging 42.158 km/h after more than 3,200 kilometers. There are various reasons for this, from favorable wind conditions and short daily sections to many very fast stages due to difficult starting stages.

It also became clear that behind the top duo there was an enormous gap in classification gaps. Former winner Geraint Thomas is more than eight minutes behind in third (although his team says it’s doing better than its 2018 victory). A look at the rest of the top ten is even clearer: only nine riders finish this round less than half an hour after the leaderboard. Although the diadem fails, the record has a rare value.

It’s been 25 years since the first ten riders were on a spaced out tour so far. Also in that year, 1997, another team wore the yellow and green jersey to Paris. “Communication occupies all the lines,” was the headline in the French press at the time.

Equalizing teams or drivers over decades would be very unclean. However, the jumbo racing team’s dominance has raised questions about hygiene Jonas Weinggaard and Watt van Aert disagreed on confidence on Saturday. None of them were really convincing.
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