Jonas Vingegaard wins Tour de France for first time

PARIS — Jonas Vingegaard won his first Tour de France title on Sunday after prevailing in a thrilling three-week duel with defending champion Tadej Pogacar.

25-year-old Vingegaard became the first Danish rider to win cycling’s biggest race since Bjarne Riis in 1996.

Vingegaard, who finished second at Pogacar last year, built his success in the mountains. He took the yellow jersey from Pogacar in the Alps with a memorable run up the Col du Granon and followed this week with an impressive show of strength on the final Pyrenees stage to the resort of Hautacam.

He also had the upper hand in the race against the clock, gaining more time on Pogacar in Saturday’s individual time trial to effectively secure the title.

Pogacar finished second overall and 2018 Tour winner Geraint Thomas completed the podium.

Jasper Philipsen won Sunday’s final stage – a mainly convoy ride through Paris to the Champs-Elysees – in a sprint ahead of Dylan Groenewegen and Alexander Kristoff.

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Emma Bowman

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