Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) wins stage 11 of the 2022 Tour de France.

Jonas Vingegaard cracks Tadej Pogačar and seizes yellow 

Remember this day. Stage 11 of the 2022 Tour de France, where Jonas Vingegaard and Jumbo-Visma took control of the race.

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Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) stormed to a historic stage victory atop the hors-category Col du Granon after he and Jumbo-Visma put Tadej Pogačar to the sword 70 km from the finish. The Dane took over the race lead by a significant margin as Pogačar succumbed to a rare and punishing defeat.

At the beginning of the day, a large 20-man breakaway went away early and ultimately came within a few kilometres of a first French victory of the Tour with Warren Barguil (Arkéa Samsic), but the day’s main storyline was unfolding behind.

The GC action began about halfway through the stage on the Col du Télégraphe, and while Jumbo-Visma boldly threw everything at Tadej Pogačar over and over again, the yellow jersey seemed unfazed at first, and it all came down to the hors-category Col du Granon, a climb familiar with heartbreak being where Bernard Hinault lost the yellow jersey in 1986. 

After having the numbers at the foot of the climb, Vingegaard was suddenly the only podium contender without teammates and some of the hardest ramps to come, giving rise to speculation as to the success of Jumbo-Visma’s extraordinary plan. The first attack came from Nairo Quintana who launched into the gap despite his teammate being up the road. Romain Bardet (DSM) was next to go, and just a few hundred metres later, Vingegaard made his move.

Rafał Majka was still there for Pogačar but neither could make any ground, the yellow jersey landing heavily back on his saddle as the Jumbo-Visma rider dug in. As the kilometres ticked away agonisingly slowly, the gap stretched to breaking point as Pogačar struggled up the mountain and was passed by Geraint Thomas, Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) and David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), while Vingegaard soared up the steep gradients ahead.

In little over 4 kilometres, Vingegaard overhauled Quintana to take a dramatic stage victory and Bardet finished third, jumping up to second overall with a deficit of 2:12 to the new race leader. Pogačar finished seventh in the end, and now sits third overall 2:22 down.

Tour de France (2.UWT) Albertville → Col du Granon

VINGEGAARD Jonas Jumbo-Visma
QUINTANA Nairo Team Arkéa Samsic
BARDET Romain Team DSM
THOMAS Geraint INEOS Grenadiers
GAUDU David Groupama - FDJ
YATES Adam INEOS Grenadiers
POGAČAR Tadej UAE Team Emirates
LUTSENKO Alexey Astana Qazaqstan Team
KRUIJSWIJK Steven Jumbo-Visma
BARGUIL Warren Team Arkéa Samsic





INEOS Grenadiers

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