Wingegard’s winning time was 79 minutes 32.29 seconds. Slovenia’s Tadaj Bokar was second (+3.34) and Britain’s Geraint Thomas third (+8.13) in the three-week event.
Belgium’s Jasper Philipsen took the final stage for his second stage win by several bike lengths, becoming the only rider with multiple stage wins in this year’s race. Dylan Groenewegen of the Netherlands finished second in the sprint ahead of Norway’s Alexander Kristoff who finished third.
Festivals too Women featured Back in Most viewed in the world Individual game display. The Tour de France Femmes began on Sunday, with 24 teams of six riders vying for the title in an eight-day, 640-mile stage race that ends in the Vosges mountains, the fifth time in the Tour de France’s 119 years with female competitors.
Wingegard finished second in Saturday’s time trial in 3:34 ahead of Jumbo-Wizma teammate Vaud van Aert. His timing, however, left him in front of his closest followers, and shortly after the finish he began the coronation by embracing his partner, Drine Hansen, and their 2-year-old daughter, Frida.
He did it again on Sunday, right after crossing the border.
“Having my two girls at the finish line means more to me,” she told reporters on Saturday following a particularly difficult stage. “I’m very happy and proud.”
Despite the hot elements, including temperatures reaching into the triple digits, Wingegard was able to extend his lead on stage 20, one of the most demanding tests in Tour de France history, which included countless hills and mountain climbs.
Among Vingegaard’s closest rivals was Pogacar, who was looking for a third straight win. He battled with last year’s Tour de France runner-up Wingegard for the lead until the last few stages.
Wingegard rose to last year’s competition after Jumbo-Wisma’s No. 1 rider, Primos Roglic, retired following a crash. Roglik’s performance after taking off was one of the fastest times on the Mont Ventoux climb.
Three years ago, he was working part-time at a packing plant in Denmark, stripping and cleaning fish. He was employed at a fish auction, often awake before sunrise and working in extreme temperatures.
Van Aert, meanwhile, finished this year’s Tour de France wearing the green jersey, which is awarded to the competitor who accumulates the most points in stage times and mid-race sprints. Van Aert won three stages while helping his teammate on the rugged Hautacam climb, breaking and controlling the pace.
As Wingegaard and Van Aert continued to climb, Boggar couldn’t keep up and eventually faded, giving the Jumbo-Wizma team its sixth 20-stage win.
“I think the fight between me and Jonas is really something special, and Jonas is really something special,” said the 23-year-old Boggar. “It’s going to be an interesting couple of years ahead for us.”
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