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Jonas Vingegaard on the 2023 Tour de France route: ‘This year was better for me than next year’s course’

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Jonas Vingegaard bets on a defense of the yellow jersey in 2023 at the Tour de France.

However, Jumbo-Visma admits that keeping the yellow jersey will be a challenge on a course he says is even more challenging than the one he faced this summer in his historic victory.

“It is a tough route. Maybe the 2022 course was better for me, but I also like this one,” Vingegaard told the Spanish newspaper. WHAT. “I especially like stages like Col de la Loze. There are many difficult endings and, as always, very challenging stages. And I think we can take advantage of the longer climbers. It’s interesting.”

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Vingegaard comes from the Asian criterium tour organized by the Tour de France in Singapore and Japan.

An upcoming team camp will outline the biggest goals for 2023, but Vingegaard hopes to put defending the Tour title at the center of his season.

“I want to continue at this level, go back to the Tour and fight again to try and win it,” he said. WHAT. “I hope I can defend my title, but we still have to talk about it as a team. We have not yet decided on the 2023 calendar or the goals for everyone.

Vingegaard on 2022: ‘It was an amazing season’

Large crowds cheered Jonas Vingegaard when he returned to Copenhagen this summer. (Photo: Bram Berkian/Jumbo-Visma)

The 25-year-old made history in July by becoming only the second Dane to win the Tour. With the 2022 edition kicking off in Copenhagen, Vingegaard returned a few weeks later as the first winner since Bjarne Riis in 1996 and was greeted by tens of thousands of fans.

“It was very emotional to start the Tour in my country, in front of my people. It was a great motivation,” he said. “And after what I had achieved, being able to celebrate with everyone was an immense joy. The reception was incredible.

“It was an amazing season, obviously,” Vingegaard said. “I wouldn’t say I was dreaming about it, but after finishing second in 2021 I knew I could go one step further this year. The main objective this season was the Tour and it was unbeatable”.

Vingegaard won two stages, the yellow and polka dot jersey, and led a dominant Jumbo-Visma team that beat Tadej Pogačar and the other main rivals.

The change to the yellow jersey capped a steady rise to the top of the world peloton by Jumbo-Visma, who eventually managed to beat UAE Team Emirates and Ineos Grenadiers to win their first Tour in franchise history.

“The team was at a spectacular level and thanks to them everything went perfectly,” said Vingegaard. “Jumbo is and will be very strong, and not only in the Tour, but in every race we went to, we were always in the running for victory. It was a great season for us.”

Vingegaard, who retired home following the hysteria of Tour victory, is enjoying some downtime before reloading for 2023.

The Dane knows it won’t be easy to win another yellow jersey, but he’s up for the challenge.

“I have many rivals. I would say that Pogačar is the main rival, based on what we saw on the Tour, but Remco [Evenepoel] He already revealed in the second half of the season what he is capable of,” he said. “Ineos is a very strong block in general, and Enric Mas also finished the season well. There are many rivals.”

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