Another bonkers week at the Tour de France – and we have it all and then some. From the always amazing Gruber galleries to the emotion-choked interviews and L’Equipe front pages to Pog amis, Rog love and Wout express.
Stage 15, Tour de France 2022 – wowzers, what a stage! Scorching temperatures that melted the tarmac and an ungodly number of litres of water poured on the roads. Drama as riders crashed and opted to abandon to protect themselves long-term. Breakaways that flip-flopped from being doomed to having glimpses of hope. A sprint at the end. And all on a day where, with just 100km remaining, we all thought “it’s time for a nap, eh?”
Alpecin’s Jasper Philipsen salvaged the race for the team, winning his first Grand Tour stage, ahead of Jumbo’s Wout van Aert and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo). Despite arriving battered and bruised, Jonas Vingegaard maintained the yellow jersey and nothing significant changed in the GC.
It’s been nearly two years since Fabio Jakobsen and Dylan Groenewegen collided at the Tour of Poland, resulting in a long physical recovery for Jakobsen and a long mental recovery for Groenewegen. Fast forward to the conclusion of this year’s Grand Depart in Denmark and we’ve seen both men return to the top of the sport. Jakobsen blasted off a sprint win in stage 2 yesterday, of course, and Groenewegen took a photo finish win in the sprint today. The Dutchman, who now rides for BikeExchange, narrowly edged out VeloVoices lover boy and yellow jersey wearer, Wout van Aert, while Alpecin’s Jasper Philipsen finished third.
The general classification remains largely unchanged with van Aert stretching his yellow jersey lead to 7sec as the race makes its way to France. In an unfortunate sign of the argy bargy-ness and nerves of the start of the race, the likes of EF’s Rigoberto Uran, and Bahrain’s Damiano Caruso and Jack Haig – as well as many others – lost just under 40 seconds as the result of a crash in the final 10km.