Tadej Pogačar got tired of Vingegaard and launched an explosive criticism of him live

The tension is in the air on the first rest day of the 2024 Tour de France. Tadej Pogačar, leader of the general classification, questioned the strategy of Visma-Lease a Bike and He lashed out at Jonas Vingegaard for not having contributed to an attempted breakaway that could have given them a bigger lead at the top.

Pogačar launched an attack in the final kilometres of stage 9 and the only ones who could respond were Remco Evenepoel and Vingegaard himself. The main group kept up the pace until he caught them very close to the finish, preventing any further gaps from being created in the race. top 10.

The Slovenian did not miss the fact that his rival had decided to play defensively. “I will definitely remember that. Everyone does their own race. That doesn’t bother me. I like to run with my heart, today was a day to do that.” I think Vingegaard is afraid of me. Otherwise, he would have taken over when we were alone.“, he noted.

“It was a good opportunity to gain time on the other men in the general classification and secure the podium, but Jonas refused to take over with us. I think Visma is concentrating on me and underestimating the other favourites. They are just following my wheel, without thinking about Roglič or Remco himself,” he added to the media.

Tadej Pogačar stares at Jonas Vingegaard on stage 9 of the 2024 Tour de France. | Photo: AFP

The Dane has publicly said that He is just finding his best form and will try to maintain the difference with respect to his rivals. until he finds the sensations to go on the attack in search of his third consecutive title in the Big loop.

But Pogačar’s pressure now puts the spotlight on Visma’s strategy for the first week of the Tour in the spotlight.

The leader of UAE Team Emirates warned that he is coming on strong and will not give up on his desire to keep the yellow jersey. “I had tremendous legs, and that is great news knowing that it was one of the toughest stages. I am very happy with how the race is going after these nine stages and I am very confident, because I feel in great shape and supported by a great team.“, he said.

Tadej Pogačar, cyclist part of UAE Team Emirates. | Photo: Getty Images

Evenepoel also criticised Vingegaard

But Tadej was not the only one who ‘sang the table’ to Vingegaard. Remco Evenepoel, second in the general classification, also criticised him for not having contributed to Sunday’s breakaway.

“It’s a shame that Jonas didn’t ride with us, the race could have ended there. It’s their tactic, we can’t do anything. They’re going to ride defensively and we have to accept that. But it was strange. We were the three favourites and we had a lead of about 40 seconds. If we had continued and linked up with the leading group, it would have been lethal,” said the Belgian from Soudal-Quickstep.

Evenepoel’s anger was further increased by the final result. “I think Tadej and I were not happy with that because I think that maybe the podium of the Tour could have been decided already today. We have to accept the tactics and the race situations, but sometimes you also have to have the balls to run. Unfortunately, Jonas didn’t have them today.“, he said.

General classification – Tour de France 2024

1. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), 35 h 42′ 42″

2. Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step), a 33″

3. Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike), a 1′ 15″

4. Primož Roglič (Bora-Hansgrohe), but 1′ 36″

5. Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates), at 2′ 16″

6. João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates), at 2′ 17″

7. Carlos Rodriguez (INEOS Grenadiers), at 2′ 31″

8. Mikel Landa (Soudal-Quick Step), a 3′ 35″

9. Derek Gee (Israel PremierTech), a 4′ 02″

10. Matteo Jorgenson (Visma Lease a Bike), a 4′ 03″

 
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