the belgian cyclist Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) He stayed this Sunday with the prize and honor of winning the twenty-first and final stage of the 2022 Tour de France on the Champs-Elyséeson a day where, beyond the final sprint, the Jumbo-Visma celebration for the general victory of the Danish cyclist jonas vingegaard champion of the 109th edition of the Big Boucle.
Philipsen won his second stage with a powerful final blow to the massive arrival that Paris was secured 3 kilometers from the finish line, when the peloton hunted down the small escape. Vingegaard fulfilled his dreamor, after 116 kilometers that began in La Defense Arenato climb to the top of the podium.
The last lap of the historic circuit through the streets of the French capital was passed by the massive platoon, by neutralizing the quartet formed by Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Antoine Duchesne, Olivier Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ) and Jonas Rutch (EF Education-EasyPost).
In the last step through Arc de Triomphe, Pogacar put on a show until the last kilometer attack alongside Geraint Thomas and Filippo Ganna, both from INEOS-Grenadiers, the best squad on the Tour. But the peloton headed off and the day was decided by sprinting. didn’t fight her Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), who entered the finish line accompanied by his teammates to celebrate the great Tour of the Dutch team.
A majestic end to the party for a Tour that has had everything, in a more innovative route with the return of the dreaded pavés on the fifth day and with ‘The Super Planche des Belles Filles’ as the first high end. You fight for practically all the jerseys until the last dayalthough with a clear dominance of two men from the Jumbo.
The uneventful triumphal ride went to Jonas Vingegaard, the overall champion, at the age of 25, on a podium at sunset in Paris that he shared with the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), who saw his dream of achieving his third consecutive title. Along with them, the British Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers) finished third.
The 2022 Tour elevated the Jumbo-Visma when getting six stage wins and that encouraged an outstanding Tour, for many the best of recent times.
The prestigious farewell in the French capital had as bastions a Van Aert super combative, who postulated his ambition at all stages to take the green jersey of the points classification, with the additional prize of partial victory in three of them.
Jumbo Visma managed to dethrone young slovenian talent, something unimaginable after his recital in the last two French rounds. The manager was not his compatriot Primoz Roglic, who showed his frustration one more year by leaving, but his partner Vingegaard, who took command of the race on the eleventh day. Thus, the yellow jersey did not change from the Dane’s handsno limit right now.
Own pokecar, this time resigned only to white jersey as best young man, made his rival suffer in the Pyrenees, where he won one of last week’s three mountainous stages, but their fight completely broke down in Hautacamby remaining more than three minutes behind the general.
A exemplary battle between both runnerswho left an image to remember by the ‘fair play’ of leader Vingegaard, also winner of red polka dot jersey as king of the mountain, who he waited for his rival after suffering a fall in one of his successive attacks.
Last year, Vingegaard had to settle for second place and in this edition ended the hegemony of his 23-year-old opponent. An open fight for the next Grand Tours.
In addition, the Danish reissues the milestone of Miguel Indurain in 1992, by winning the ‘Grande Boucle’ that started from his country, beyond the French themselves. Precisely, the gala round will start next season from Bilbaoin the heart of the Basque Country, the Saturday July 1, 2023.
(With information from Europe Press)