Jonas Vingegaard on Tour de France 2022: “I think people may have underestimated me”

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Jonas Vingegaard thinks he’s been underestimated, but he doesn’t overestimate himself either.

Vingegaard came into cycling’s spotlight this summer when he derailed teammate Primož Roglič and battled Tadej Pogačar at the Tour de France.

It was a result that few predicted, and that’s a good thing from Jumbo-Visma’s Dane Iceman.

“Actually, I always think people may have underestimated me a bit. This was also the case at this year’s Tour de France. Especially in the media, I’d say, and I don’t have a problem with that. And I don’t think I’d have a problem going the other way,” Vingegaard said Dr. dk.

Vingegaard had just three WorldTour wins to his credit palmarès before he shot down Pogačar from the hat-trick of the yellow jersey this July.

He finished second behind Roglic in the crucial Critérium du Dauphiné tune-up race a month ago, which perhaps said it all as Vingegaard saw second-place finish behind his famous team captain.

However, the expected Slovenian showdown at the 2022 Tour was derailed when Roglič crashed and Vingegaard stood up.

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Jumbo-Vism bosses have already hinted VeloNews that a title defense is not certain for Vingegaard as the Dutch powerhouse lays out GC routes through next year’s Giro d’Italia packed with time trials and the explosive, unpredictable Tour de France.

“I would like to [be at the Tour]but whether it will be next year or the year after remains to be seen,” Vingegaard told the Danish daily. Dr. “I have to talk about it with the team and then we have to find a solution together.”

Among the best, but not the best

Vingegaard finished second to Pogačar in the 2021 Tour and 2022 Tirreno Adriatico. (Photo: Getty)

Vingegaard was close behind Jumbo-Visma nemesis Pogačar at last year’s Tour and at Tirreno-Adriatico 2022.

Defeating the two-time defending champion this summer put Vingegaard in the history books and catapulted him into the most elite tier of the peloton.

“It was absolutely fantastic, but also really overwhelming,” he said. “When I think of the Tour de France, I think the best riders in the world win it.” And then I find it strange that I’m suddenly the one who won it.’

The cycling twittersphere is already buzzing about the tantalizing prospect of a Gen-Z gladiator matchup between Vingegaard, Pogacar, Egan Bernal and World and Vuelta a España champion Remce Evenepoel at a future edition of the Tour de France.

Vingegaard indicated that a band under multi-format competitors such as Pogačar or Evenepoel is possible.

“I would say I’m among the best in the world, but I wouldn’t say I’m the best overall, no,” he said. “If you look at it overall, I only performed in stage races. I haven’t really been able to perform in a one-day race yet.”

Tour win “so big it’s hard to deal with”

Massive crowds cheered Jonas Vingegaard as he returned to Copenhagen. (Photo: Bram Berkian/Jumbo-Visma)

Vingegaard kept a low profile after winning the Tour this summer.

The 25-year-old pedaled a scrappy race schedule, avoiding the closing ceremonies and avoiding an ASO presentation of his route for next year’s Tour.

“I didn’t avoid the media as such, but I didn’t seek them out either. I was just resting and enjoying life and I’m home,” he said.

“I still think winning the Tour is so big that it’s hard to live up to.” I always dreamed of doing the Tour de France, but of course I never dreamed of winning the Tour de France when I was little. Then all of a sudden I… well, it went so fast.”

When Vingegaard flew home from France this summer, he saw a hero’s welcome at Copenhagen City Hall. Thousands of sports-mad Danes came to celebrate the new national sports icon.

“I think the storm has died down a bit. So there is no big problem anymore with people wanting selfies and autographs. It was more like the first period right after that,” Vingegaard said, but added that life is not completely back to normal.

“Obviously it’s different when I go shopping there,” he said. “And of course you won the Tour de France, but then again I’m still the same.

Vingegaard will be at the center of Jumbo-Visma’s ambitions now that he has won the long-sought Tour title. She might have to get used to the selfies, autographs and Danish celebrity status.

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