Danish cyclist Jonas Vingegaard wins the 2022 Tour de France

Jonas Vingegaard won the 2022 edition of the Tour de France on Sunday July 24, after a last stage of the big loop at an average of more than 42 km / h. The 25-year-old Danish cyclist, from the Jumbo-Visma formation, had already arrived second on the podium in 2021, behind the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, his great rival. Winner of the last two editions, Tadej Pogacar takes second place in the final ranking.

Jasper Philipsen wins the final stage

While the Tour de France women launched its first edition this Sunday, the 109th of the Grande Boucle ended in the evening with its 21st stage. The runners set off on July 24 around 4:45 p.m. from Paris for the traditional last race.

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From La Défense Arena, they made a loop in the Yvelines and in the Hauts-de-Seine, before heading towards the quai d’Issy, the boulevard des Maréchaux, the place Denfert-Rochereau, the Pont-Neuf, the Louvre to reach, finally, the Champs-Elysées. Theater of the final stage of the Tour since 1975. It was Jasper Philipsen who won for this last stage. The Belgian crossed the finish line in the lead after a long sprint of 250 meters. He had already won in Carcassonne during the 15ᵉ stage.

But the cyclist of the day is obviously Jonas Vingegaard. As tradition dictates, the big winner was able to be cheered on by the crowd who stood ready to welcome the runners on the Parisian avenue. After three exhausting weeks, the peloton will then be able to breathe.

Covid, heat wave and activism

Between the pandemic and the extreme weather conditions, the Tour de France did not go without complications this year.

Indeed, Canadian Michael Woods, who tested positive for covid this Sunday morning, was unable to start the final and 21st stage, his Israel Premier-Tech team announced. The abandonment of the Canadian, who was 36th overall more than two hours 20 minutes from the yellow jersey, brings to seventeen the number of runners who had to leave the race due to the coronavirus.

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In addition, the heat wave that settled over the whole of France obviously did not spare the runners, who were subjected to intense efforts. It was at the foot of Alpe d’Huez that the cyclists, until then rather protected by the coolness of the peaks, were hit hard by the suffocating heat. “It was horrible, a furnace, there are many runners who had trouble recovering from it”, reported then Thibaut Pinot, crimson on his arrival from the summit. Romain Bardet then also had “got a heat stroke” with “chills and the pulse that tapped in the temple”. “We are not all equal in the face of heat”, confirms Samuel Bellenoue, coach. What to weigh on the next Tours? Either way, we’ll have to get used to it. With climate change, “We know that we will find these circumstances more and more”notes Jacky Maillot. “A few years ago, a day with more than thirty degrees on the Tour was not so frequent. Today is every year. »

Crisscrossing France in July, the Tour de France peloton is at the forefront of global warming. It is surely for this reason that the activists of the environmental collective “Last Renovation” have decided to discontinue several stages. One of the members of the collective had “lit a smoke bomb” about 150 km from the finish during the 19th stage, between the villages of Boucagnères and Auterive, while five other people “chained themselves together and used glue to stick to the road”, specifies the parquet floor of Auch. ASO, the organizing company of the Tour de France, filed a complaint following this interruption. The activists will be tried in November.

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