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Judging by the relentless nature of this Tour de France, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see Tadej Pogacar massing UAE Team Emirates on the front of the peloton in Paris, rejecting tradition and attacking with all they’ve got to try and overhaul Jonas Vingegaard and Jumbo-Visma for the overall win.
But it’s unlikely, of course: barring catastrophe the GC battle is done and dusted following Saturday’s stage 20 time trial when Vingegaard again showed himself to be the strongest of the overall contenders. He leads Pogacar in the GC by 3min 34sec. The Danish rider’s win on the Col du Granon on stage 11, when Jumbo-Visma threw everything (kitchen sink included) at Pogacar, turned out to be the decisive moment of the race, and the day that the Slovenian’s previous dominance evaporated. After Vingegaard’s man-marking job on Pogacar in the following stages, champagne flutes will be out for Jumbo-Visma on today’s largely ceremonial trip from Paris La Défense to the iconic Champs-Élysées.
Continue reading… July 24, 2022 at 08:03PM Luke McLaughlin