Second consecutive success for the Slovenian in the Tour de France.
There was a spectacular duel at the finish line of La Super Planche des Belles Filles, with Tadej Pogačar winning the 7th stage of the Tour de France at the end of an exciting head-to-head with Jonas Vingegaard.
The Slovenian of UAE Team Emirates finished off the work done during the stage from the Emirati team at the head of the group: the 10 members of the main escape of the day (originally 11, with the presence of Vegard Laengen, who then stopped to wait for the group) they took the final ascent (7 km at 8.5% average gradient) with just under 2′ ahead of the peloton and only Lennard Kamna managed to resist the comeback of the squad of the main climbers , entering with a margin of 20 ”in the last kilometer on a dirt road.
Rafal Majka finished his effort before the gravel section and then with a counterattack at -250 meters, Vingegaard overtook the Slovenian and both overtook Kamna: in sight of the finish line, the captain of the UAE Team Emirates atop on his Colnago fully equiepped Campagnolo used his power to take his second win in this Grande Boucle.
Thanks to the bonus for the victory, Pogačar’s advantage over Vingegaard in the overall standings has risen to 35 “; with 3rd place for Geraint Thomas at 1’10 “.
Pogačar: “It was a difficult stage, especially in the last part of the climb, when Jonas attacked. The day was special, my girlfriend and my family were also present near the finish line: today we opened a foundation for research against cancer and I wore special shoes to underline this initiative, so I’m happy I got the most out of it. Success in this stage has been on my list of goals for a long time, ever since the route of the 2022 edition of the Tour was presented. We gained a few more seconds over our rivals, but the advantage is never enough, especially with strong opponents like Vingegaard, one of the best climbers in the world ”.
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