Tour de France: The real worrying point for Vingegaard…

Tour de France: The real worrying point for Vingegaard…
Tour de France: The real worrying point for Vingegaard…

Cycling – Tour de France

Tour de France: The real worrying point for Vingegaard…

Published on July 3, 2024 at 12:14 p.m.

While Jonas Vingegaard survived the Galibier, despite the general satisfaction of Team UAE, a second decisive obstacle is coming in the way of the Danish champion: Friday’s time trial, the last opportunity for Pogacar to kill the race before his rival gains momentum. And in light of this reality, there is a real worrying point for Vingegaard. Analysis.

Since arriving in Valloire at the end of the Galibier stage, where Pogacar won with a 35-second lead over Evenepoel et Roglicand 37 seconds on Vingegaard, the team UAE unfolds the speech of joy at having dominated the debates and scored a first big point towards the final victory. Between Tadej Pogacar who announce ” I wanted to make a big impact, I’m happy “, Joao Almeida who launches ” We are happy to have been able to demolish the competition ” and the sports director Andrej Hauptman which explains ” We have opened the gap we were hoping for “, the atmosphere was one of general satisfaction and great optimism among UAE.

The reality is that Pogacar did not knock out Vingegaard in the Galibier

Despite this atmosphere of great victory, the reality remains more nuanced. Jonas Vingegaardwho will gain momentum over the days, is very far from being out of the game, only 50 seconds behind in the general classification. The case is therefore very far from being settled, especially since it appears possible that Pogacar He himself experienced a downturn in the third week due to fatigue from the Giro.

Friday’s time will be decisive in the duel

On analysis, one day stands out as particularly important, perhaps even decisive in the struggle Pogacar-Vingegaardthis is Friday’s time trial between Nuit-St-Georges and Gevrey Chambertin (25.3 km). Pogacar failed to knock out Vineyard in the Galibier and if he has to do it before the Dane revs up too much, it can only be during the time trial, knowing that Vineyard appears cut out to withstand the white paths on Sunday. Pogacarto be at peace, must put his rival at more than two minutes in the general classification, at least. And in light of the stakes of the time trial, we were able to note a really worrying element for the Dane. It is not the weakness of his team, which could certainly pose a problem in the long term (but we are not there yet), but rather the time lost by Vineyard at the bottom of the Galibier descent after Plan-Lachat, where the road flattens out a little and you have to use your power again. At Plan-Lachat, Vineyard was 10 seconds behind Pogacarupon arrival he had 37, and was also reviewed by Evenepoel who rode in the last two kilometers to limit the gap. Through these few kilometers of descent, we could see that Vineyard had not found enough strength to pull the gear and consequently develop enough watts alone against the wind. That’s where he exploded a little against Pogacar. And on Friday in the time trial, it could be fatal for him.

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