Tour de France 2022: Jonas Vingegaard takes first title while Jasper Philipsen sprints stage win

Jasper Philipsen won the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris as Jonas Vingegaard safely crossed the finish line to confirm his first overall title.

Alpecin-Deceuninck’s Philipsen took his second win of the Tour as he rounded Dylan Groenewegen in the last few hundred yards and won comfortably while Alexander Kristoff was a much closer third.

Behind them, Vingegaard crossed the line arm-in-arm with his Jumbo Visma team-mates to seal his win, while Wout Van Aert, a winner on the Champs-Elysees last year, chose to sit out the sprint to join in the celebrations .

Vingegaard finished three minutes and 34 seconds ahead of Tadej Pogacar, while 2018 winner Geraint Thomas completed the podium.

Jasper Philipsen celebrates victory on stage 21

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“It’s just incredible,” said the 25-year-old Dane. “Now I finally won the tour. Now nothing can go wrong and I’m sitting here with my daughter and it’s just amazing.

“It’s the biggest bike race of the year, the biggest you can win and now I’ve done it and nobody can take that away from me.

“I’m really happy about my victory now. Of course I want to party, I want to relax, but then I always want more.”

The battle for yellow was practically sealed in Saturday’s time trial, with Sunday’s stage for celebration and sprinting.

Groenewegen’s Team BikeExchange-Jayco led the peloton through the last corner and on to the Champs-Elysees, but the Dutchman had to go too early and had no answer as Philipsen sped past at the end of the 116km final stage.

“I can’t believe it, a childhood dream is coming true,” said Philipsen, who celebrated his first Tour victory on stage 15 in Carcassonne. “It will take a while before this is realized. I’m just super proud of the team. Being able to finish a tour like this is the icing on the cake.

Vingegaard lifts his bike after winning the 109th edition of the Tour de France

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“I think it went ideally for me. I was in a great position and I think Dylan was forced to start early and I could stay in his bike and do my last sprint if I wanted to. I’m super happy and proud – winning on the Champs-Elysees is every sprinter’s dream.”

A six-man breakaway had tried his luck late, but the sprint teams, without opportunities since the Copenhagen Grand Départ, were keen to get past the now-familiar finish on the boulevard.

The irrepressible Pogacar, staying true to form, launched an attack in the final of the track’s eight laps but was soon shut down. It was a move befitting a Tour characterized by attack riding and unrelenting pace, and will be considered the fastest ever ridden.

The pace varied widely in the first half of this stage, which was ridden through the south-west suburbs of the capital.

Vingegaard celebrates with teammate Wout Van Aert

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As the riders approached Versailles, the Jumbo Visma riders toasted champagne glasses and celebrated Vingegaard’s victory in both the general classification and the mountain competition mode, not to mention Van Aert’s green jersey in the points classification and six stage wins overall.

As Vingegaard and Pogacar traded blows in the battle for yellows in the Alps and Pyrenees, 36-year-old Thomas put in a controlled race that gave him a third career podium in that race.

“I’m still making the best of it,” said the Welshman. “As I’ve said many times now, I’m a lot closer to the end of my career than the beginning, so really make the most of it, soak it all up and enjoy days like these because they don’t come that often either.”

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