It was without doubt the key moment of the past Tour de France: Jonas Vingegaard who blasts away from Tadej Pogacar on the very tough Col du Granon. The Slovenian would lose almost three minutes and his yellow jersey that day. Definitely, it turned out. “Jumbo-Visma crushed me with their attacks,” Pogacar says now.
Pogacar looked back on the fateful stage in his column for the Slovenian MMC. In it he also mentions that his team UAE Team Emirates did not have a good Tour start due to the positive corona test of experienced rot Matteo Trentin. “That caused a lot of nervousness in the team at the time,” says the Slovenian.
Nevertheless started pogi excellent at the Tour: he was very strong in the cobblestone stage, won two successive stages – first in Longwy, the next day on top of the Super Planche des Belles Filles – and took yellow. A third consecutive Tour victory already seemed in the making for the almost 24-year-old wonderboy of cycling.
The drama of the Granon
And then came the big surprise during the eleventh stage from Albertville to the Col du Granon. Pogacar was already attacked by Jumbo-Visma on the Col du Galibier and had to counter several attacks by Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard. The Slovenian seemed to survive it all, but finally broke on the closing Granon. In more than four kilometers, Pogacar would lose almost three minutes to the later overall winner Jonas Vingegaard, who took over the yellow card. (Read more below the photo)
“Heat is not so good for me. That day it was almost 35 degrees,” Pogacar says in his column. “Everything was fine on the Col du Galibier, but I forgot to drink a hydrated drink. I felt good. But suddenly I had no more energy, and not enough to drink.”
However, the Slovenian is also full of praise for his competitors at Jumbo-Visma. “Their tactics were excellent. They were all 100 percent and crushed me with their attacks, especially on the flat section between the Col du Télégraphe and the Galibier. Then I tried to attack myself, but Vingegaard had an interest in waiting for the help of Wout van Aert (who had joined the early flight at the time, ed.) and Primoz Roglic.”
Tour of Flanders
“Looking back now, I think there was no going back after the Galibier,” said Pogacar. “I left all my superpowers there. If I see my data, it cost me the last four kilometers of the Granon.”
Pogacar also praised the Grand Départ in Copenhagen in the same column, which in terms of atmosphere can only be compared to the Tour of Flanders in which he started this spring for the first time. “I got goosebumps at the team presentation in Copenhagen. It was a very nice reception that I had only experienced at the Tour of Flanders until then,” said the Slovenian.