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Jonas Vingegaard outsprints Tadej Pogačar at the Tour de France

Jonas Vingegaard outsprints Tadej Pogačar at the Tour de France

The Tour de France on Wednesday was Week 2’s appetizer for the weekend in the Pyrenees. Tadej Pogačar and Jonas Vingegaard did battle on short, sharp climbs in the Massif Central. Vingegaard beat the yellow jersey in a two-up sprint and pulled back a single second on Pogačar. Derek Gee placed 12th on the day, but he tumbled out of the top 10.

The Course

There were six categorized climbs across the 211 km running south through the Massif Central from Évaux-les-Bains, but only the last four packed into the final 45 km were of consequence. Two short, steep Cat. 2 ascents sandwiched a Cat. 1. The last climb was a Cat. 3 and crested 3 km from the finish. The road rose to the line.

It took a while for the day’s breakaway to form, and it grew over the first two climbs. With 85 km to go there were 10 riders 2:00 ahead of the UAE-Emirates-led peloton.

Cat. 2 Col de Néronne (3.9 km at 8.7 percent): The breakaway hit the first of the quartet with 1:00. There was more than UAE-Emirates at the front of the peloton. Wout van Aert crashed in the turn heading into the Néronne. The fugitive group fragmented, Ben Healy and Oier Lazcano at the pointy end of the race. The peloton didn’t make any inroads into the gap, but did sop up a few escapees.

Healy and Lazcano summit first.

Cat. 1 Puy Mary Pas de Peyrol (5.3 km at 7.9 percent): Richard Carapaz found teammate and breakmate Healy and Lazcano soon after the Cat. 1 began. Pogačar’s squad kept chipping away at their lead. Adam Yates took up the pacemaking and caught the break. Fifth place Juan Ayuso and 12th place Egan Bernal were dropped. Gee faded too and rode with 10th place Jorgenson. Ten riders were left going into the final kilometre.

Pogačar attacked and Vingegaard and Roglič struggled to reach him. Evenepoel was distanced. Roglič couldn’t continue with Vingegaard, but there was a long descent onto the slopes of Col de Pertus and Roglič came back to the Dane.

Far behind, Romain Bardet was high-fiving fans on his local climb.

Evenepoel had Carlos Rodriguez, Yates, Giulio Ciccone and João Almeida descend with him. This gang latched on to Roglič and Vingegaard.

Cat. 2 Col de Pertus (4.5 km at…

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