Jonas Vingegaard on the Tour de France? “If he continues to progress…”: his coach is confident

Jonas Vingegaard on the Tour de France? “If he continues to progress…”: his coach is confident
Jonas Vingegaard on the Tour de France? “If he continues to progress…”: his coach is confident

A little over a month before the start of the 111th Tour de France in history in Florence (Italy), double title holder Jonas Vingegaard is not yet sure he can fight to keep his title.

The fault lies in his terrible fall at the beginning of April during the Tour of the Basque Country. Victim of fractures of the clavicle and several ribs, a pneumothorax and a pulmonary contusion, the 27-year-old runner spent a dozen days in hospital. At the beginning of May, the Dane took his first bike ride with the hope of being at the start of the Grande Boucle. “I feel good, it’s getting better every day. Obviously I hope to be at the start of the Tour de France but we don’t know exactly how my convalescence and my return to form will go. I will do everything possible to be there. »

“No one can predict where it will be in two weeks”

Ten days after this first bike ride, daily life The Team spoke with Tim Heemskerk, Jonas Vingegaard’s coach at Visma-Lease | Lease a Bike. ” Things are moving forward he assures. I take it day by day. His bones, his lungs, his skin are healing, and it costs him energy and sometimes makes him suffer. […] We work in blocks, two days of work and one more relaxed day, explains the coach. In normal preparation for the Tour, it’s more like three hard ones and one easy one. We hope to be able to follow this pace quickly, that would be really good. If he continues to progress like this, next week can be a normal week. »

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So what about the presence of the Dane on the Tour? “Not a single person on this Earth can predict where he will be in two weeks. Seeing the video of his cover, people said: ‘He is going to do it ! ‘But I work with him every day and even I can’t predict anything. » One thing is certain according to coach Visma-Lease | Lease a Bike, Vingegaard will be present only “if it is 100%. We will try every day to achieve this. He is a two-time Tour winner, these people are special. So Jonas is optimistic, I’m optimistic, and we can’t wait for what’s next. »

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