Jonas Vingegaard of Denmark won the Tour de France for the second straight year on Sunday, finishing ahead of Tadej Pogačar of Slovenia in a dramatic final stage.
Vingegaard, who rides for Jumbo-Visma, won the final stage, a 116-kilometer (72-mile) ride from Saint-Étienne to Paris, in a sprint finish. He finished the race with a time of 86 hours, 28 minutes, and 50 seconds.
Pogačar, who rides for UAE Team Emirates, finished second, 1 minute, 15 seconds behind Vingegaard. Geraint Thomas of Team Ineos Grenadiers finished third, 2 minutes, 24 seconds behind.
Vingegaard’s victory was a remarkable achievement. He is the first Danish rider to win the Tour de France since Bjarne Riis in 1996. He is also the first rider to win the Tour de France in back-to-back years since Chris Froome in 2017 and 2018.
Vingegaard’s victory was not without its challenges. He was forced to defend his lead from Pogačar throughout the race, and he even lost the yellow jersey for a brief period in the Pyrenees. However, Vingegaard never gave up, and he eventually prevailed in the final time trial.
Vingegaard’s victory is a testament to his strength, his endurance, and his mental toughness. He is a true champion, and he will be one of the favorites to win the Tour de France again in 2024.
- Vingegaard’s victory is a major upset. He was not considered to be one of the favorites to win the Tour de France before the race began.
- Vingegaard’s victory is a boost for Jumbo-Visma, which has now won the Tour de France three times in the past four years.
- Vingegaard’s victory is a sign that the Tour de France is becoming more competitive. In recent years, the race has been dominated by a small group of riders, but Vingegaard’s victory shows that anyone can win on their day.