Tour champion Vingegaard hopes to race in Olympics

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Tour champion Vingegaard hopes to race in Olympics

Jonas Vingegaard, the double Tour de France-winner, expressed his desire to compete in the Olympics next year. He was greeted by thousands of jubilant Danes in Copenhagen to celebrate his back-to-back victories in the prestigious race. Vingegaard informed national coach Anders Lund that he is available for the Olympic road race in Paris. He stated, “I would really like to race in the Olympics. I have told Anders Lund that if he wants me along, I am ready.” Lund welcomed Vingegaard’s offer but did not guarantee him a spot in the Olympics, acknowledging that there are other talented Danish cyclists to consider. Vingegaard acknowledged that the Olympic route may not be ideal for him and that there are many strong competitors.

During the celebration parade in Copenhagen, Vingegaard addressed the media at City Hall, where he appeared on the balcony in front of adoring fans dressed in red and white or yellow shirts. Denmark’s Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, praised Vingegaard, saying, “You’ve won the hearts of all Danes, and we are so proud of you.” At 26 years old, Vingegaard became the first Dane to win the Tour de France twice, joining the ranks of 1996 champion Bjarne Riis. He claimed the yellow jersey after the sixth stage of this year’s race and engaged in a thrilling mountain battle with Slovenian double Tour-winner Tadej Pogacar. Vingegaard solidified his dominance in the race by defeating Pogacar by a significant margin of one minute and 38 seconds in the 16th stage individual time trial. He described it as his best day on a bike ever, a sentiment echoed by Danish fans.

Mikkel Feldtmann Hansen, a 24-year-old sergeant in the Danish Royal Guard, took the day off to celebrate the Danish Tour de France riders. He expressed his admiration for their achievement, stating, “It’s such an accomplishment to win the Tour de France, and it’s rare to see Danish sports achieve these big wins and get to be cheered on by their nation.” After celebrating in the Netherlands, Vingegaard and his family were flown to Denmark. Reflecting on his consecutive victories, Vingegaard said, “I still think it’s hard to believe that I’ve won the Tour de France two years in a row. That we’ve won it.” Supporters like Mina Kastbjerg, who waited for over four hours dressed in yellow, emphasized the importance of celebrating and admiring Vingegaard’s remarkable success.

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