While the distinctive jerseys have a well-established hierarchy, Wout Van Aert did not hesitate to become a teammate for Christophe Laporte. Tadej Pogacar, for his part, placed a small start to worry Jonas Vingegaard.
CYCLING / TOUR DE FRANCE 2022
19th stage – Castelnau-Magnoac-Cahors (188.3km) – Friday July 22, 2022
The life of jerseys
After consolidating his domination of this Tour de France in Hautacam, Jonas Vingegaard had a fairly simple day except for one moment. The Dane saw Tadej Pogacar follow an attack in the descent of the Côte de Saint-Daunès. A daring attempt which was immediately muzzled by Wout Van Aert. In the end, the gap did not change before the Rocamadour time trial.
Like this Thursday between Lourdes and Hautacam, it was teammate Wout Van Aert who took center stage. The wearer of the green jersey, who lost interest in the intermediate sprint at Auch, gave everything in the final to bring the peloton back to the breakaway and thus facilitated Christophe Laporte’s victory.
With two points shared between Matej Mohoric and Quinn Simmons, Jonas Vingegaard’s polka dot jersey worn by Simon Geschke was hardly in danger. With one more point to be distributed this Sunday before the final on the Champs-Elysées, there is no longer a stake for this classification.
If he admitted defeat on Thursday, Tadej Pogacar remains an unpredictable runner. Its start this Friday was proof of that. While he aims to win the time trial this Saturday, the wearer of the white jersey intends to have fun until the end on this Tour de France.
In the game of breaks in the final, Ineos Grenadiers dropped 20 seconds on their runner-up Groupama-FDJ but the cause seems to be understood since the British formation remains more than 32 minutes ahead of the French while Jumbo-Visma is at 42 minutes.
Often on the attack since the start in Copenhagen, Quinn Simmons was finally rewarded after being a linchpin of the breakaway which marked this 19th stage. If the American could not get the stage victory, he holds the price of combativeness.