Spencer Martin breaks down what the important Tour de France tuneup event can tell us about July's upcoming GC battle. Plus the Dauphiné has shown us Jonas Vingegaard is even better than he was last year.
As the final days of 2022 wind down and the start of the 2023 professional cycling season quickly approaches, I thought it would be instructive (as well as just fun), to take stock of who the sport’s elite riders are at each major discipline heading into 2023 to give us a clearer view of what to expect when these major events roll around.
Another full EUROTRASH: Cyclo-cross - Nacht van Woerden. Merckx advises Evenepoel. Rider news: Vingegaard to the Tour, Pineau on the B&B project, López looking for a team, Arkéa/Quintana all over, Almeida to the Giro, Andersen and Rosa retire. Contract news and the sad news of the passing of Brian Robinson.
The final day of a most exciting Tour de France followed its usual pattern of media moments and a bunch sprint finish. As the rest of this Tour the speed on the Champs-Élysées was eye-wateringly fast. At the line it was Jasper Philipsen who took his second stage win. Jonas Vingegaard crossed the line with his teammates, safe in yellow.
The Jumbo-Visma team continued their tour de France domination by winning the stage 20 time trial, with the Green jersey wearer, Wout van Aert and taking second place with Jonas Vingegaard in yellow. Vingegaard (barring accident) will be the 2022 Tour de France winner.
The final stage in the mountains of the Tour de France was full of drama. The top two were together on the final climb of the Hautacam after both had tricky moments on the previous descent. But it was the yellow jersey of Jonas Vingegaard that demolished the opposition for the stage win and more time in the overall bank.
Tadej Pogačar won stage 17 after his team punched much harder than everyone expected, but he couldn't dislodge Jonas Vingegaard from his wheel and is still 2:18 behind the Dane on GC. There were a few changes on the overall standings, but everyone lost time to the two top men - Vingegaard and Pogačar.
We are now in the most important part of any Grand Tour, the third and final week. It could all be turned upside down in one stage. First Ed Hood looks back at week 3 and all the stories that caught his Tour de France eye. Stage 10 through to stage 15.
Attack, attack and attack was the order of the day on stage 11 for the Jumbo-Visma team. The yellow jersey of Tadej Pogačar had been softened up for the big attack from Jonas Vingegaard to solo to the top of the Col du Granon for the stage win and the overall lead.