Vingegaard deals Pogacar massive blow in Tour de France time trial

Vingegaard deals Pogacar massive blow in Tour de France time trial

Defending champion Jonas Vingegaard gained a significant advantage over rival Tadej Pogacar in the Tour de France title fight after dominating Tuesday’s individual time trial. Vingegaard won the 16th stage with a time of 32 minutes and 36 seconds, beating Pogacar by 1:38 and extending his overall lead to 1:48. His performance was remarkable, as he rode at an average speed of 41.2kph, nearly 4kph faster than expected. This outcome shattered any hopes of a race decided by seconds, as Vingegaard left Pogacar far behind after being separated by just 10 seconds earlier in the race.

Vingegaard’s Jumbo-Visma sports director, Grischa Niermann, acknowledged the impressive performance, stating, “I didn’t see the numbers yet, but it was very fast and for sure Jonas’s best time trial ever, but we knew what he was capable of.” Even Vingegaard himself was surprised by his display, describing it as one of his best days on the bike. He expressed his doubts about his power meter, believing it may have been broken, but ultimately attributed his success to hard work.

During the time trial, Vingegaard established an early lead over Pogacar, reaching the first checkpoint with a 16-second advantage. He continued to take risks during the descents and arrived at the foot of the Cote de Domancy with a 31-second lead. In contrast, Pogacar switched to a lighter road bike in an attempt to make up time during the climb, but it had no effect. Vingegaard’s dominance was evident as he even spotted Pogacar’s team cars in the distance, despite starting two minutes behind him.

Reflecting on his performance, Vingegaard explained, “On the flat part between the climbs, I was holding back. I wanted to do 360 watts of power, and I ended up doing 380, then speeding up a bit in the climbs.” Pogacar, on the other hand, admitted that it was not his best day and expressed disappointment. Although he still finished ahead of third-placed Wout van Aert by 1:13, Pogacar’s face revealed his shock at the turn of events. He vowed to continue fighting but acknowledged the difficulty of closing the gap, comparing it to last year when he finished second overall behind Vingegaard.

Pogacar’s teammate Adam Yates now sits in third place overall, a staggering 8:52 behind Vingegaard. Yates surpassed Spain’s Carlos Rodriguez to claim this position, with Rodriguez trailing by just five seconds. As the race progresses, Pogacar hopes for a better performance but acknowledges the challenge ahead. The article concludes by mentioning the reporting and editing credits.

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