The Danish Jonas Vingegaard ratified the supremacy that he established in previous days and finally won the 109th edition of the traditional cycling Tour de France, which culminated this Sunday in the streets of Paris.
The leader of the Jumbo Visma team, 25 years old, won the competition with a cumulative time of 79 hours. 33m. 20s., leading the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates) in the classification by just over two and a half minutes.
The British Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) finished third overall, at 7m. 22s., while Frenchman David Gaudu (Groupama) qualified fourth, at 13m. 39s.
Russian Alexander Vlasov (Bora Hansgrohe) finished fifth, at 15m. 46s. and the Colombian Nairo Quintana (Arkea Samsic) was the best Latin American cyclist placed, with a sixth place, at 16m. 33s., according to the site ‘Cycling news’.
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the 21st and the last stage of the most outstanding race on the calendar was won by the Belgian Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck), with a time of 2h. 58m. 32s. The second position was in the hands of the Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen (Bike Exchange) and third was the Norwegian Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché).
The final section took place between La Defense and the Champs Elysées in the city of Paris, with a total distance of 115.6 kilometres.
Vingegaard won two stages in the Tour. The first occurred on Wednesday the 13th (the eleventh) in the Alps, a situation that allowed him to reach the top of the race for the first time.
And the second, the most important, in the Pyrenees last Thursday, when he contained the attacks of Pogacar and finished –practically- securing the victory.
“ The fact that my dream has come true is indescribable. It means everything to me. It is the best moment of my life , ”said the Danish man at a press conference, accompanied by his wife and his little daughter.
“I always had the feeling that -at least- I could fight for victory. But I really felt like a winner, after Hautacam ”he expressed in reference to the stage won last Thursday.
Vingegaard, runner-up in the last edition, commented that seeing many of his compatriots on the Champs-Élysées cheering him on was “a plus for motivation. Many Danes came to see me in the yellow jersey and I have to thank them” he concluded.