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Well Jumbo Visma have certainly stepped up their efforts in the final week & Vingegard has given us two stages back to back of a champion. His time trail was unbelievable and Pogacar hit the dreaded wall yesterday 8 kms short of the summit allowing Jonas to move over 7 minutes clear - game over unless Vingegard has a huge issue. 
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Interesting piece in today’s Times by David Walsh, a serious and objective journalist on cycling and other sports. He tells the story that Vingegaard has always had the ability. What held him back was nerves and coping under pressure.

While Jumbo tried to get him to go to a college in Holland well-known for its strengthening of athletes mental capabilities, the Jumbo Team Manager credits his partner/wife Trine with doing the necessary to make this slight lad from quiet Western Denmark believe in himself and that if a day’s racing didn’t go his way, it was not the end of the world. There were plenty of other tomorrows to come.

In the first Covid lockdown, all the Jumbo squad had to do a maximal effort on their static bikes and his was way ahead of everyone else’s. Great news for the team, although something else that Vingegaard took as a signal to heap yet more pressure on himself.

Thankfully, he realised how good he was and belonged at the top level when Roglic’s withdrawal through a crash (was that the woman with the sign in German to her grandparents?) and injury saw him as the only one to challenge Pogacar on his way to his second Tour win.

Nice folk can win.

Edited by Eastern outpost - 20 July 2023 at 10:43am
In a world where you can be anything – Be Kind.
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