CYCLING – One last for the form. Between Chatou and Paris, it is a stage in the form of a parade that Tadej Pogacar accomplished this Sunday, July 18. Guaranteed to win a second Tour de France, the Slovenian rider was able to raise his arms by finishing on the Champs-Élysées.
This last stage was won in a sprint by the Belgian Wout Van Aert (Jumbo Visma), already winner of two stages (one in the mountains, and the other in a time trial).
But for the general classification, the positions were frozen since the time trial disputed the day before in Gironde. And for the first place, unlike last year, it had even been played for several days. Since, in fact, that Tadej Pogacar has stunned the competition in the Alps.
Biggest gap with his runner-up since 2014
In yellow since the evening of the eighth stage, the young leader of the UAE Team Emirates has not found an opponent to his measure in this Great Loop. As proof, he finished with more than 5 minutes ahead of his runner-up Jonas Vingegaard, the biggest gap between a first and a second since 2014.
While at the start of Brittany, three weeks ago, we hoped for a revenge with Primoz Roglic whom he had beaten to everyone’s surprise last year or a confrontation with Gareint Thomas, winner in 2018, the falls (hardly more of 140 runners finished the race out of 184 starters) decided otherwise. These two champions were too handicapped, the first giving up along the way while the second went through the test without weighing on her.
The only one who put Tadej Pogacar in trouble is Jonas Vingegaard. The young Danish jumbo Visma managed to hurt him, but without scaring him for the final victory. The podium is completed by Ecuadorian Ineos Richard Carapaz. The first Frenchman, Guillaume Martin, finished eighth.
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