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Gallery: Jonas Vingegaard takes yellow as Pogačar cracks on stage 11

13 Jul 2022

Words Joseph Delves Photos Pete Goding

David Millar wasn’t exaggerating in saying you won’t have seen a stage like this in the last few decades. The action kicked off on the day’s first climb – the spectacular Lacets de Montvernier – and didn’t relent all the way over the Telegraphe/Galibier double-header and up to the finish atop the Col du Granon, returning to the Tour for the first time since 1986.

Jumbo-Visma played the numbers game in the peloton once the day’s break was established, trying to isolate Tadej Pogačar from his UAE Team Emirates teammates by riding aggressively up the Col de Telegraphe.

By the foot of the Col du Galibier they had succeeded, and we had the incredible sight of Pogačar and Jumbo-Visma co-leaders Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard taking turns attacking each other on the climb’s lower slopes.

The pace inevitably settled again, and the yellow jersey looked comfortable all the way over the top of the Galibier, marking Vingegaard as most of their GC rivals began to falter. The main contenders had regrouped by the foot of the Col du Granon, however, but Vingegaard was simply biding his time.

Midway up the final climb he attacked, and Pogačar had no answer. He quickly caught the few remaining riders still up the road, denying France’s Warren Barguil what would have been a famous win on the eve of Bastille Day after the Arkea-Samsic rider had tried in vain to hold on from the break.

All the while Pogačar went backwards, rider after rider catching and passing the flagging Slovenian, who for once looked like he had nothing left to give and finished the stage nearly three minutes behind the flying Vingegaard.

Overall, the Dane now holds a lead of more than two minutes over new second placed man Romain Bardet, who paced his day’s efforts well to take third place on the day. Pogačar now lies third on GC, with Ineos Grenadiers’ Geraint Thomas well placed in fourth after a measured ride ahead of another brutal day in the Alps tomorrow.

Get in amongst the action from a crazy day at the Tour courtesy of snaps from Pete Goding.

Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert constest a sprint.

Before Wout goes on to help form the early break.

And drag them up the hairpins of the Lacets du Montvernier.

Van der Poel went on to abandon the race.

Not much peace for Tadej.

Although it worked on the Galibier, UAE Emirates might now regret deciding attack was the best form of defence.

An amazing team effort for Jumbo-Visma, in which Wout put in as much work as anyone.

Geraint Thomas looked to be having a tough day, yet by the line, he was one of the winners.

Tom Pidcock adding GC racing to the endless list of things he’s good at.

Nairo Quintana looked great as he rode into second on the day fifth overall, atop his Canyon Aeroad

Vingegaard rode as if pursued by unknown horrors.

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