The 2022 Tour de France was very intense. After 3,328 kilometers covered, the peloton crossed the finish line of the Grande Boucle on the Champs-Élysées, last Sunday. The riders tried to stand out from a very competitive bunch. It is time to review this 109th edition of the race.
🥇 Jonas Vingegaard (DAN/Jumbo) 79h33'20
🥈 Tadej Pogacar (SLO/UAE) : +2'43
🥉 Geraint Thomas (GB/INE) : +7'22
🥇 Jonas Vingegaard (DAN/Jumbo): 72 points
🥈 Simon Geschke (ALL/COF): 65 points
🥉 Giulio Ciccone (ITA/TRE): 61 points
🥇 Wout van Aert (BEL/JUM): 480 points
🥈 Jasper Philipsen (BEL/ALP): 286 points
🥉 Tadej Pogacar (SLO/UAE): 250 points
🥇 Tadej Pogacar (SLO/UAE) 79h36'03
🥈 Thomas Pidcock (GB/INE) : +58'32
🥉 Brandon McNulty (EU/UAE) : +1h28'36
🥇 INEOS Grenadiers
Vingegaard, Van Aert and Jumbo-Visma's desire to win
Jonas Vingegaard, the Yellow Jersey — On the podium of the 2022 Tour de France, there was an air of déjà vu. Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar, who had fought over the yellow jersey in 2021, again climbed on the first two steps of the podium, but reversed their position. Tadej Pogacar gave way to the Dane despite multiple attacks to regain the yellow jersey, lost at the Col du Granon.
The Slovenian lost his third Tour at the Granon and his successor, Jonas Vingegaard, also made a point of raising one arm wearing the precious tunic. It happened in the Pyrenees, in Hautacam. Symbolically, the Danish winner wins the Tour de France starting in Denmark. Until then, the only winner of a Tour de France that started in his own country was the Spanish Miguel Indurain in 1992.
Highlight: He wore the green jersey, for the first time in his career while Yves Lampaert was wearing the Yellow Jersey and then as part of his leadership without giving it up until Paris. Behind him, Jasper Philipsen, also Belgian, the only sprinter to have won two stages in this Tour had to settle for 286 points, what a gap!
The loser: Pogacar's first failure
Tadej Pogacar has tried everything – Winner of the Tour in 2020 and 2021, he could not make it a hat trick in Paris. But the Slovenian fell arms in hand. “There couldn't be a better way to lose the Tour de France. I will finish the Tour without regrets”, he admitted at the end of the last mountain day.
The UAE formation prodigy attacked relentlessly in an attempt to salvage time from Vingegaard. In his defense, he composed with a team hit by bad luck, after the successive abandons of Vegard Stake Laengen and George Bennett, positive for Covid-19, Marc Soler (sick) and Rafal Majka (injured).
“Pogi” is therefore no longer invincible. His last “defeat” in a stage race dates back to the Tour of the Basque Country in April 2021 (3rd). A very relative failure, with three stage victories and the white jersey of the best young rider. Full of passion, he assures that he will be there: “I will come back hungry”, he promised.
An ok result for the French riders
Christophe Laporte, to save the day — On the morning of the 19th stage, the disaster was looming for French cycling. However, Christophe Laporte came out of the peloton to take the lead in Cahors. With Julian Alaphilippe absent and without a sprinter, ambitions had necessarily been lowered.
David Gaudu and Romain Bardet, top 10 — Two French riders finished in the top 10 of the general classification of this 2022 Tour de France: 4th place for David Gaudu of Groupama-FDJ (the best result since Romain Bardet's 3rd place in 2017 ), and a 7th place for the same Romain Bardet of Team DSM.
However, the two riders are a long way from Jonas Vingegaard's yellow jersey. The Breton David Gaudu is at 13min39s, and the Auvergnat Romain Bardet is at 18min11s. Placed in the final ranking yes, but not yet quite ready to succeed Bernard Hinault on the Champs-Elysées.
2023: See you on the 110th edition of the Tour de France
Jonas Vingegaard won the yellow jersey ahead of the double defending champion, Tadej Pogacar. The two men were simply in a different league than everyone else. Wout van Aert, winner of three stages, was also overpowered. It is therefore a faultless record for Jumbo Visma. The French waited for the nineteenth act to raise their arms, but can be satisfied with placing two riders in the top 10 of the general classification. After three exceptional weeks, the appointment is taken for the Tour de France 2023!