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The rise of Jonas Vingaard or how love conquered anxiety

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This is one of the images from the fantastic 2022 edition of the Tour de France. At the end of the 20th stage, individual time trial in which Wout van Aert once again demonstrated the class he hasJonas Vingaard, dressed in the yellow that no one will ever take away from him, blended into a hug with Trine Hansen, his wife, who carried little Frida, their daughter, in her arms. Tears of joy streamed down their faces, witnessing this moment, while the child, dressed in the same color as his father, seemed relatively indifferent to the scene.

By finishing second in the penultimate stage, the 25-year-old Dane from Jumbo-Visma almost secured victory in the individual general classification, which would confirm the next day, in Paris. The biggest achievement of Vingegaard’s career, who had already managed to be second in 2021, now manages to dethrone Tadej Pogacar, the Slovenian who had won the last two editions of cycling’s most important race and who seemed up to a few days ago unbeatable.

But to be able to win on a Tour where he showed strength in the mountains, speed in the time trial and the serenity of a champion when he had to manage the advantage in the face of many attacks from Pogacar , the Slovenian was not the only one. opponent that the Dane had to defeat. And, perhaps for that reason, the cuddles with wife Trine and company of little Frida during the festivities, including on the final catwalk in Paris, were so symbolic.

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