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Gallery: Tadej Pogačar puts the ‘Super’ in 2022 Tour de France Stage 7 Super Planche des Belles Filles finish

8 Jul 2022

Words Robyn Davidson Photos Pete Goding

Well, at least one man is putting in a challenge for Tadej Pogačar’s Tour de France title defence.

Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) made sure his team weren’t to be laughed at today, lighting the fuse and snuffing out the victory hopes of Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) with just 100m to go on La Super Planche des Belles Filles today. 

Pogačar followed and the pair duelled into the final stretch of the murderously steep final. Kämna had been part of the day’s breakaway and had gone clear earlier on the climb, but couldn’t hold on as the gradient started to bite.

Vingegaard looked to be heading for the win but Pogačar reeled him in and went over his shoulder in the final metres to take his second consecutive stage win of the 2022 Grand Tour. Vingegaard’s teammate Primož Roglič continued his GC recovery with third place behind them.

Relive the stage and its aftermath through the lens of Pete Goding. 

Spoiler: Thibaut Pinot has safely finished the seventh stage of his 2022 Tour de France.

Mathieu Burgaudeau is bandaged up after a crash the previous day on Stage 6.

Mathieu van der Poel has been experiencing an uncharacteristic Grand Tour, admitting he isn’t at the level he would like to be.

Initially part of a seven-man breakaway together, Lennard Kämna dropped Cofidis’ Simon Geschke with 5km until the finish. He was heartbreakingly caught 100m from the line.

Pogačar is poised for action as Jumbo-Visma riders Vingegaard and Primož Roglič sit behind.

The bright shoes worn by the yellow jersey were a deliberate choice. He launched the Tadej Pogačar Cancer Research Foundation immediately after the stage with fiancée Urška Žigart to 'help find a cure for cancer.'

La Planche des Belles Filles is an unforgiving climb, reaching gradients of 24% in the final gravel kilometre.

Ineos Grenadiers’ Tom Pidcock wears the white jersey for Pogačar. 

Pogačar battled Vingegaard for the win and for a moment it looked like the Jumbo-Visma rider would come out on top, but the yellow jersey pushed ahead just before the line.

Pierre Latour at La Tour. He finished three minutes behind stage winner Pogačar.

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Rafał Majka put in a phenomenal shift to drop his teammate off 1km from the line.

Wout van Aert, who relinquished yellow for green yesterday, looks spent after the climb. 

As does Dani Martínez, who sits 10th on GC.

The in-demand race leader makes his way to the podium...

... For another yellow jersey and another lion.