″I was pushing and I fell, it was my fault″

The 23-year-old Slovenian boy addressed the accident on the 18th stage of the Tour

Jonas Vingegaard highlighted “the masterpiece” that was the display of Jumbo-Visma in the 18th stage of the Tour de France on bicycle, congratulating himself for having managed to increase the difference to the second in the general, Tadej Pogacar.

“That’s a good way of saying it, it was a masterpiece. The whole team was strong today”, defended the yellow jersey, after crowning himself the winner at the top of Hautacam, with a 1.04-minute lead over the Slovenian from UAE Emirates. .

When he crossed the line after claiming his second stage victory on the Tour, the Dane was “just happy that it’s finally over”.

“[A tirada] it was incredibly tough. Of course I’m really happy to have won the stage. Now, there are two days until Paris, we have to stay focused and face day by day”, he said, preferring, again, not to talk about the final triumph in “Grande Boucle”, which today should have been definitively sentenced.

Vingegaard thanked his teammates, who “were exceptional” in the final mountain stage of the 109th Tour de France.

“Seeing Wout van Aert taking off Pogacar… Sepp Kuss was amazing, everyone was. Thanks to them, I wouldn’t have done this without them”, he said, saying that he was “very happy to still be in yellow” and for having further increased his lead overall, now set at 3.26 minutes ahead of the two-time champion of the race.

The 25-year-old Dane’s journey was also marked by the “fair play” gesture he had on the descent of Spandeles, when he waited for Pogacar, who fell, apparently without consequences.

“He missed the turn, entered the gravel and tried to get the bike out, but it disappeared under him. So, I waited for him”, he limited himself to saying, about an attitude widely praised by the cycling community.