Vingegaard’s winning time was 79:32.29. Slovenian Tadej Pojacar finished second (+3.34), and Britain’s Geriant Thomas was third (+8.13) in the three-week event.
Belgium’s Jasper Philipsen captured the final stage with a second stage victory in several bike lengths, becoming the only sprinter to claim multi-stage wins at this year’s race. Dutchman Dylan Groenwegen finished second in the race ahead of Norway’s Alexander Kristof, who was third.
Celebrations too special women again in Most viewed in the world Personal sports scene. The Tour de France kicked off Sunday with 24 teams of six riders vying for the title in an eight-day 640-mile race that ends in the Vosges Mountains, marking the fifth time in 119 years of the Tour de France with female competitors.
Vingegaard finished second in Saturday’s trial with a time of 3:34 behind his Jumbo-Visma teammate Wout van Aert. However, his time so far left him in front of his closest followers, and soon after finishing he was able to start his coronation by cuddling his partner, Trin Hansen, and their two-year-old daughter, Frida.
He did the same almost immediately after crossing the line on Sunday.
“Having my girl on the finish line means more to me,” he told reporters on Saturday after a particularly stressful phase amid record-breaking UK temperature conditions over the past week. “I am very happy and proud.”
Despite the harsh elements, including temperatures soaring into the triple digits, Vingegaard was able to extend his lead through the 20th stage that included countless hills and climbs in what was one of the most demanding tests in Tour de France history.
Among Vinggaard’s closest competitors was Poojacar, who was seeking a third victory in a row. He was dueling Vingegaard, last year’s Tour de France runner-up, for the lead until the last few stages.
Vingegaard jumped into last year’s competition after the first Jumbo-Visma rider, Primoz Roglic, withdrew after having an accident. His performance in the wake of Roglic’s departure marked one of the fastest times to climb Mont Ventoux.
This time Vingegaard’s story book ended more convincingly in 2019 as he was working part-time at a packing plant in Denmark, cleaning and cleaning fish. He also worked at a fish auction, often getting up well before sunrise and working in frigid temperatures.
Meanwhile, Van Aert finished this year’s Tour de France wearing the green jersey, which is awarded to the rider with the most points in the stage and middle sprint times. Van Aert won three stages while also helping his teammate climb the rugged Hautacam, where he broke off the track and controlled the pace.
Pogacar couldn’t stay in touch and eventually fizzled out as Vingegaard and van Aert continued to climb, keeping Jumbo-Visma’s team ahead by winning its six stages out of 20.
“I think the fight between me and Jonas was something really special, and Jonas was something really special,” said Pojakar, 23. “There will be two interesting years ahead of us.”
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