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Jonas Vingegaard wins Tour de France

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Nov 198, 2021; Paris, France; A view of the Eiffel Tower from the Champ de Mars which will server as the venue for beach volleyball during the Paris 2024 Olympics. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Jonas Vingegaard won the three-week Tour de France on Sunday to become the first Danish cyclist to win the race since Bjarne Riis in 1996.

Vingegaard, 25, finished 2 hours and 43 minutes ahead of two-time defending champion Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia. Wales’ Geraint Thomas, the 2018 winner, was third.

“It’s just incredible, it’s the biggest cycling race of the year, the biggest one you can win,” Vingegaard said afterward in Paris. “Now I’ve done it, nobody can take this away from me.

“I always had the feeling I could fight for the win. In the end, when I started believing, I always believed, but now I started to think, ‘something would need to go wrong to not win.'”

Jasper Philipsen of Belgium won Sunday’s 71.8-mile final stage — the 21st of the race that traverses throughout France — in a sprint in 2:58.32, outlasting Dylan Groenewegen of Netherlands and Alexander Kristoff of Norway.

–Field Level Media