Jonas Vingegaard: Tadej was better than we expected

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A day after Tadej Pogacar received a big blow in first mountains stage from Jonas Vingegaard, the Slovenian is completely back in the game at the Tour.

In the second stage in the Pyrenees he disrupted Jumbo-Visma’s master plan by riding away from Vingegaard with a fiery attack on the final climb to Cauterets Cambasque. In the general classification, he reduced his gap to 25 seconds.

“Pogacar had the better legs. We already tried it on the Tourmalet, but I couldn’t get it off. I liked that, I think it would have been perfect to ride through that valley with Wout. The team as a whole was great, so I really have to thank them.”

“However, Tadej was better than we expected and I now know it will be another tough fight. I’m where I want to be at the moment, but anything can happen.”

Pogacar took 28 seconds in a day where Jumbo-Visma was much superior in terms of depth.

“I had hoped for a stage win, but Tadej was strong and deserved the stage victory. We wanted to test him again and see how he felt. I suppose he was better than before. I am very happy to have the yellow again. I love this color and the jersey, for me it is a very nice symbol in¬†cycling,” he concluded.

Vingegaard holds a gap of 25 seconds over his rival into stage 7 tomorrow, the race remains fully open as the riders leave the Pyrenees.

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