Jonas Vingegaard looks to the Alps after losing more time to Tadej Pogačar on Puy de Dôme

Defending Tour de France champion lost eight seconds to Slovenian on stage nine of the Tour de France

Jonas Vingegaard
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Jonas Vingegaard remained optimistic on his chances of landing a second Tour de France overall victory despite being dropped by Tadej Pogačar on the iconic Puy de Dôme on Sunday.

The Dane shipped eight seconds to the UAE Emirates rider in the fight for the yellow jersey on stage nine, but with the Alps on the horizon, suggested he could turn the tide and extend his advantage at the top of the general classification.

Speaking to the media after the stage, Vingegaard said that he was simply satisfied to still be in yellow with one week chalked off at the French Grand Tour.

“I mean it would have been nice to have stayed with him [Pogačar] of course and not lose any time but still as I've said before I think the first few days didn't really suit me,” Vingegaard said. “I think there are stages that suit me more later on.

“So to still be actually in yellow after one week is something I'm really happy with.”

The stage was won by Michael Woods of Israel-Premier Tech with the breakaway being given licence to stay away and fight it out for the win. Vingegaard explained that he felt the stage win was never something Jumbo or their rivals UAE Emirates had in mind.

“Yeah, I mean with the breakaway gone we didn't want to go for the stage,” he explained. “If they would have liked to control then the break could have been like 40 mins or something, so I don't think they wanted to control either I guess.”

The baking hot conditions on the road had a notable effect on the action, although Vingegaard said that he felt they did not impact him on a personal level.

“It was a very hot day and very very steep [on the climb],” he said. “But it was still a nice experience to go out and race on the Puy de Dôme, it's a really nice climb.

“Actually I felt quite okay [in the heat] but as I said before, I think these kinds of stages suit him a bit better than me and I just had to try to follow him and yeah, he was just a bit better than me again today.”

Jonas Vingegaard

(Image credit: Getty Images)

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

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