Tour de France 2022 LIVE: Result as Jonas Vingegaard breaks Tadej Pogacar to win Stage 18 and cement yellow jersey

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Jonas Vingegaard responded to a series of attacks from Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar on stage 18, eventually dropping his rival on the final major mountain stage of this year’s race.

With only one big test left before the race reaches Paris – a 41-kilometer time trial scheduled for Saturday – the Jumbo Visma leader looks all but guaranteed to win a first Tour title after winning the Hautacam -Reached the resort alone. Aside from a fall, the yellow jersey should be his.

Pogacar, the two-time defending champion, cracked with about 4km to go after spending the day attacking. Vingegaard then rode solo to claim a second stage win following his success at the Col du Granon last week in the Alps on the day he took over the race. Pogacar crossed the line more than a minute behind Vingegaard while Geraint Thomas consolidated his place on the podium.

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Tour de France 2022 – Jonas Vingegaard wins stage 18 in the yellow jersey!

Jonas Vingegaard’s stage win also means he has also taken the lead in the King of the Mountains competition. Only two riders have won the Tour de France and the KOM competition in the same year this century:

Chris Froome (2015) and Tadej Pogacar (2020 and 2021).

Will Vingegaard be the third?

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Tour de France 2022 – Jonas Vingegaard wins stage 18 in the yellow jersey!

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Tour de France 2022 – Jonas Vingegaard wins stage 18 in the yellow jersey!

Jonas Vingegaard takes the win, followed by Tadej Pogacar across the finish line. Wout van Aert still had enough energy in the tank to finish third.

That’s a remarkable result for the Green Jersey wearer.

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Tour de France 2022 – Jonas Vingegaard wins stage 18 in the yellow jersey!

Jonas Vingegaard wins the final mountain stage of the 2022 Tour de France! Tadej Pogacar is second but is over a minute behind the Dane.

The reigning champions were beaten well today, every attack he made was countered by Vingegaard, who now has a firm grip on the yellow jersey.

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Tour de France 2022 – Stage 18 LIVE

1.5 km to go: Jonas Vingegaard has extended his lead over Tadej Pogacar to 45 seconds. He now leads the Tour de France by three minutes.

It was a perfect drive from the Dane and he was cheered on by the crowds lining the final kilometers.

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Tour de France 2022 – Stage 18 LIVE

3 km left: Jonas Vingegaard is alone in front. Wout van Aert is out of gas and is caught by Tadej Pogacar, now 27 seconds back.

Vingegaard will win stage 18 and pretty much secure the yellow jersey.

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Tour de France 2022 – Stage 18 LIVE

4 km to go: Pogacar has fallen! Wout van Aert picks up the pace again while Jonas Vingegaard holds on to his steering wheel. It’s too much for the Slovenian who has to watch them sail ahead.

Van Aert wins the Tour de France for Vingegaard.

This pair is within four kilometers of the stage remaining, so Vingegaard decides it’s time to go it alone.

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Tour de France 2022 – Stage 18 LIVE

5 km left: Wout van Aert is waiting for his teammates Jonas Vingegaard and Sepp Kuss to catch up before taking over the job as pacemaker.

Kiss falls away, leaving Van Aert and Vingegaard to him. Tadej Pogacar stays with him. One of those three will win the stage.

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Tour de France 2022 – Stage 18 LIVE

6 km to go: Kuss, Vingegaard and Pogacar are ahead of Lutsenko and Verona to come within 30 seconds of the top two.

We could see a final battle between the two GC contenders. Pogacar certainly needs to attack on this climb.

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Tour de France 2022 – Stage 18 LIVE

7 km to go: The ascent to Hautacam slowly becomes steeper and more difficult. Here Wout van Aert could win or lose this stage.

However, he could give up his chance to help Jonas Vingegaard stay in front of Tadej Pogacar.

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