Stage 16 of the Tour de France: Jonas Vingegaard retains the yellow jersey and blows away Mr. Tadej Pogacar

On a crucial day of the Tour, the Dane won the 22.4km course from Passy to Combloux in 32 minutes 36 seconds.

Vingegaard’s outstanding performance improved his overall lead over Pogacar from 10 seconds to one minute and 48 seconds.

With five stages remaining, Britain’s Adam Yates moved up to third position, five seconds ahead of Carlos Rodriguez.

Pogacar, a two-time winner, now faces an uphill battle to regain ground on the reigning champion before the Tour concludes in Paris on Sunday.

“Is the Tour de France finished?” No. There are still many difficult stages to go. “We must keep fighting for the next stages,” Vingegaard added.

“I believe it is the best time trial I have ever done, and I believe I surprised myself today with the time trial I completed.” I didn’t expect to do that well; it’s my first Tour de France time trial victory.

“I felt great today, and I’m overjoyed with the victory.” I’d want to express my gratitude to the staff. They were quite helpful today.”

This was only Vingegaard’s second career time trial victory, following his success at the Gran Camino in Spain earlier in the season, and it seemed to have put him in complete control of a Tour that had been extraordinarily tight until Tuesday.

The 26-year-old put on an incredible display of strength to smash his closest challenger, who was still the stage’s second-fastest finisher but lost time on the race leader nearly from the moment he rolled off the start ramp.

Vingegaard led Pogacar by 16 seconds at the first checkpoint at 7.1 kilometers and had extended his lead to 31 seconds by the time he reached the foot of the Cote de Domancy.

While the Slovenian switched to a lighter road bike in the hope of making up time on the climb, Vingegaard continued on his time-trial bike and finished far faster.

Wout van Aert, Vingegaard’s teammate, finished third on the stage, with Simon Yates fifth and Adam Yates seventh – enough to overcome his 19-second disadvantage to Rodriguez and climb into the podium spots.

On Wednesday, the race returns to the high Alps for stage 17, a challenging 165.7km route from Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc to Courchevel that includes four massive climbs.

Stage 16 results

1. Jonas Vingegaard (Den/Jumbo-Visma) 32mins 36secs

2. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +1mins 38secs

3. Wout van Aert (Bel/Jumbo-Visma) +2mins 51secs

4. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Bahrain Victorious) +2mins 55secs

5. Simon Yates (GB/Team Jayco-AlUla) +2mins 58secs

6. Remi Cavagna (Fra/Soudal-Quick-Step) +3mins 6secs

7. Adam Yates (GB/UAE Team Emirates) +3mins 12secs

8. Mattias Skjelmose (Den/Lidl-Trek) +3mins 21secs

9. Mads Pedersen (Den/Lidl-Trek) +3mins 31secs

10. David Gaudu (Fra/Groupama) +3mins 31secs

General classification after stage 16

1. Jonas Vingegaard (Den/Jumbo-Visma) 63hrs 6mins 53secs

2. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +1min 48secs

3. Adam Yates (GB/UAE Team Emirates) +8mins 52secs

4. Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa/Ineos Grenadiers) +8mins 57secs

5. Jai Hindley (Aus/Bora-Hansgrohe) +11mins 15secs

6. Sepp Kuss (US/Jumbo-Visma) +12mins 56secs

7. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Bahrain Victorious) +13mins 6secs

8. Simon Yates (GB/Team Jayco-AlUla) +13mins 46secs

9. David Gaudu (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +17mins 38secs

10. Felix Gall (Aut/AG2R) +18mins 19secs

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