Pretenders eye dethroning Vingegaard in 2023 | The Categorical Tribune


Because the mud settles on the 2022 Tour de France, the place champion Jonas Vingegaard’s Dutch group Jumbo-Visma delivered a collective masterpiece, their defeated rivals are already plotting revenge for 2023.

The Tour rolled into Paris with Vingegaard at its head, whereas his teammate Wout van Aert had the inexperienced dash jersey and the pair proved as relentless as they had been ruthless.

Van Aert got here second on all the first three phases earlier than finally notching up the primary of his personal three stage wins.

Vingegaard, runner-up in 2021, chased two-time defending champion and early chief Tadej Pogacar over the primary 11 phases earlier than taking the lead in dramatic model within the Alps.

Pogacar stated Saturday, after his final likelihood had gone within the lengthy 20th-stage time-trial, he was already subsequent yr.

“It’ll be an fascinating couple of years. I like a problem, and Jonas is simply that,” stated the 23-year-old.

“We made just a few errors and racing comes all the way down to small particulars so I am actually motivated.

“I can not watch for the subsequent race and the subsequent Tour de France.

“However first we’ll go away and analyse this. I am trying ahead to new challenges.”

Pogacar’s UAE Group Emirates are thinking about signing Colombian veteran Nairo Quintana, after realising their younger chief, whereas being a pure climber, maybe struggles within the excessive altitude.

That was evident on stage 11 when the Tour climbed to 2,600m and Vingegaard seized the chief’s yellow jersey.

The following Tour de France begins with three phases in Bilbao within the Basque area of Spain, starting with an extended particular person time-trial and two phases with rolling terrain.

The organisers will reveal the remainder of the route on October 27.

There’s a likelihood of the Tour going to the Pyrenees earlier than the Alps.

One man who loves the mountains is Egan Bernal of Ineos, who might have been a rival to Pogacar and Vingegaard, however suffered a horrific crash in coaching in January and is recovering from what had been initially regarded as life-threatening accidents.

His group had extra unhealthy luck on the 2022 Tour as stand-in co-leaders Adam Yates and Dani Martinez fared poorly, with solely the veteran Geraint Thomas saving face with a rousing third-placed end.

“We cannot be signing anyone,” stated 2018 winner Thomas. “Dani acquired sick or we might have performed higher.

“Subsequent yr we have to come again with a stronger collective, and possibly a youthful one.”

Jumbo’s motto is “Masterpiece” and this Tour de France delivered six stage wins, the title, the dash jersey and the mountains jersey.

They are going to have a goal on their backs when the race returns subsequent yr, however Vingegaard is decided to carry off all-comers once more.

“I wish to have fun this victory first however in fact I wish to come again to the Tour to win one other one,” he stated.

“However I did not set myself 5 Excursions de France or something like that. I simply wish to come again and win.”

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