The 2022 Tour de France exploded on the cobbled tracks of northern France and when the clouds of dust finally settled on a chaotic stage won by Australian veteran Simon Clarke, defending champion Tadej Pogacar was the big one. beneficiary of the day.
In contrast, Pogacar’s arch-rivals, the all-powerful Team Jumbo-Visma, suffered a disastrous chance that all but destroyed 2020 runner-up Primoz Roglic’s yellow jersey hopes and put a damper on the 2021 runner-up’s ambitions. Jonas Vingaard.
Their words must have been terse in the Jumbo-Visma team car as the first Vingaard suffered a puncture which left him briefly, comically on a far too big bike, before Roglic was taken out by a bale of hay thug lying on the road. The only consolation for the Belgian team was that Wout van Aert retained the yellow jersey, despite selflessly slowing down to help Vingaard join the chasing pack.
In the end, Van Aert and the Jumbo-Visma hareem of super-talented servants hailed Vingaard’s day, finishing in a group with Ineos’ Geraint Thomas just 15 seconds behind Pogacar after being nearly two minutes behind at a stage at the end of the day. Roglic, however, lost two minutes and his challenge could be over before it really started.
Tour de France 2022: Tadej Pogacar takes time from rivals Jumbo-Visma on the cobbles of a chaotic stage 5
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