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Jonas Wingegaard wins the Tour de France

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Jonas Wingegaard made an incredible run to win the Tour de France on Sunday just three years after turning pro. The 25-year-old Danish rider took to the atmosphere on the Champs Elysées in Paris to close the 21st and final stage in the cycling race. prestigious event.

Competing in the Tour de France for only the second time, Wingegaard triumphed, taking the penultimate stage with such a comfortable margin that no other rider could gain enough space to overtake him on the traditional closing day holiday.

Wingegaard’s winning time was 79:32.29. Second place went to Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar (+3.34) and Geraint Thomas of Great Britain was third (+8.13) in a three-week run.

Belgian Jasper Philipsen took the final stage of his second multi-distance cycling victory, becoming the only sprinter to win multiple stages in this year’s race. Dylan Grunewegen of the Netherlands finished second in the sprint ahead of third place Alexander Kristoff of Norway.

The celebrations also featured women returning to the world’s most watched sports spectacle. The Women’s Tour de France kicked off Sunday with 24 teams of six riders vying for the title in an eight-day, 640-mile stage race ending in the Vosges Mountains, marking the fifth time the Tour de France has featured women in 119 years.

Wingegaard finished second in Saturday’s time trial in 3:34, behind Jumbo-Visma teammate Wout van Aert. However, his time left him so far from his closest pursuers that shortly after graduation, he was able to begin his coronation by embracing his partner, Trina Hansen, and their two-year-old daughter, Frieda.

He did the same almost immediately after crossing the line on Sunday.

“Having my two girls in the homestretch means even more to me,” he told reporters on Saturday after a particularly grueling stage in which heat records have been set in the United Kingdom over the past week. “I’m just so happy and proud.”

Despite the grueling elements, including triple-digit temperatures, Wingegor managed to extend his lead through stage 20 of countless hills and mountain climbs, which was one of the toughest challenges in the history of the Tour de France.

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Wingegaard’s closest rivals included Pogacar, who were aiming for a third victory in a row. He struggled with Wingegaard, runner-up at last year’s Tour de France, for the lead until the last few stages.

Wingegaard rose sharply in last year’s competition after Jumbo-Visma’s No. 1 rider, Primož Roglic, retired from the race after a crash. His performance immediately after the departure of Roglic became one of the fastest results on the ascent of Mont Ventoux.

The finish of the storybook this time around is all the more compelling for Wingegaard because in 2019 he worked part-time at a packaging plant in Denmark gutting and cleaning fish. He also worked at a fish auction, often waking up long before sunrise and working in low temperatures.

Van Aert, meanwhile, ended this year’s Tour de France wearing the green jersey, which is awarded to the competitor with the most points during the stage and the mid-race sprint. Van Aert won three stages and also assisted his teammate during the difficult climb on Otakama by breaking away and controlling the pace.

Pogacar was unable to stay in touch and eventually disappeared as Vingegaard and van Aert continued to climb, keeping the Jumbo-Visma team well ahead, winning the sixth of 20 stages.

“I think the fight between me and Jonas was really something special, and Jonas was really something special,” Pogacar, 23, said. “We have an interesting couple of years ahead of us.”

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