After covering 3,328 kilometers, the peloton crossed the finish line of the Tour de France 2022, on the Champs-Élysées, on Sunday July 24. Jonas Vingegaard won the yellow jersey ahead of the double defending champion, Tadej Pogacar. Both men flew over the Grande Boucle, as did Wout van Aert, the winner of three rounds. The French are waiting for the nineteenth action to raise their arms, but can be satisfied with placing four riders in the top 15 of the general classification. Back to the 109th edition with Thomas Voeckler, France Télévisions consultant.
Vingegaard, Pogacar and others
On the podium of the Tour de France, Sunday, on the Champs-Elysées, there was an air of deja-vu. Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar, who fought for the yellow jersey last year, have climbed the first two steps again, but their positions have been reversed. Tadej Pogacar gave the Dane despite several attacks to regain the yellow jersey, lost on the Col du Granon.
With more than eight minutes ahead of the third for Jonas Vingegaard, and nearly five minutes for Tadej Pogacar, the two men did not allow any other runners to join their fight. “At the start of the Tour de France, we talked a lot about Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic. Jonas Vingegaard is also cited as a favorite, but is a notch below, even in the Jumbo hierarchy. And then it quickly turned into a duel. There are those two and others. They are definitely above the lot”confirms Thomas Voeckler, consultant of France Televisions.
Wout van Aert, “the 21st episode at full speed”
His title of super-combatant in the Tour leaves little suspense. Second in the first three Danish stages, Wout van Aert won the first of his three stage victories on his return to France, in Calais, after an incredible solo attack on the coast of Cap Blanc-Nez . Impressive, the Belgian, wearing the yellow jersey, also became a model teammate to protect his leaders on the cobbles the next day, before defeating the leader of the general classification, with panache, between of Binche and Longwy.
Even in the mountains, Wout van Aert always showed his green jersey at the front of the race, usually in the right moves to start the breakaways, but willing to slow down the pace to wait and help Jonas Vingegaard to fight the attack on Tadej Pogacar. “Wout van Aert is impressive, because he doesn’t have any days off. He’s either at the front or he’s working for his team. He’s done all 21 episodes, and in my opinion, he’s the most impressive rider in this Tour, more than the first two in the general classification”commented Thomas Voeckler.
Record average speed
With an average speed of 42,114 km/h, the Tour de France 2022 will be the fastest in history. Rarely do breakaways see the end of the course, taken by a supersonic peloton. Even in the longest stage of this Grande Boucle, between Binche and Longwy (219 kilometers), the winner Tadej Pogacar could not control his effort, driving at 49.4 km / h on average. “The wind always pushes the riders. The leaders sometimes want to integrate breakaways, which push the peloton to accelerate, and we must not forget to mention the evolution of the equipment, which is always more efficient”analyzes Thomas Voeckler.
Four French in the top 15 of the general classification
It has long been believed that the French will return empty handed from this Tour de France, but Christophe Laporte decided otherwise. Almost at the gong, during the 19th stage, the tricolor of Jumbo-Visma raised its arms in Cahors, a stage that still promises sprinters, where the Blues should not have ambitions. “Let’s not forget that the best French sprinter, Arnaud Démare, is not participating. Neither is the world champion, Julian Alaphilippe. And then Guillaume Martin and Warren Barguil, who have good legs, should return due to Covid-19. Thibaut Pinot returned from a blank year and is not far from winning a stage”said Thomas Voeckler, coach of the France road cycling team.
As for the general classification, David Gaudu achieved the best performance of his career with a good fourth place. “He arrived there on the pedal, among the best and is in full development”, said the consultant. With Romain Bardet (7th), Valentin Madouas (11th) and Thibaut Pinot (15th), French cycling still has four representatives in the top 15 of the general classification. “So it’s not a bad Tour for the French”concluded Thomas Voeckler.
Top honors for EF Education-EasyPost and Israel-Premier Tech
If the teams of Astana and Movistar, very little can be seen, Thomas Voeckler is disappointed in this Tour de France, the former rider salutes the performance of the EF Education-EasyPost and Israel-Premier Tech teams: “They are very happy with me. They are more supportive in previous years, and at the beginning of the season, and have a better Tour than they expected in my opinion “. EF Education-EasyPost trusted Magnus Cort Nielsen to animate the Tour de France. The Dane, who wore the polka dot jersey for a week, also won a stage victory in Megève. Among his colleagues, Alberto Bettiol or Neilson Powless can always be seen in front. The American, 13th in the general classification, achieved his best performance in the grand tour.
The Israel-Premier Tech team did not place a rider in the top 20 of the general classification, but took two stage victories, including one in the prestigious cobblestone stage with Simon Clarke. Shocking Canadian Hugo Houle also had his arms up after a solitary strike between Carcassonne and Foix.