Vingegaard second in time trial Critérium du Dauphiné
Jonas Vingegaard has finished second in the individual time trial at the Critérium du Dauphiné. Vingegaard narrowly lost out to compatriot Mikkel Bjerg. The Danish time trial specialist also takes over the leader's jersey from Christophe Laporte, who finished 21st.
The course of the time trial was hilly. The route gradually descended for a few kilometres before ending with a final climb of several percent.
Vingegaard got off to a quick start, evidenced by the fastest time at the first checkpoint. At the second checkpoint, the Jumbo-Visma leader lost a second to Rémi Cavagna and Bjerg. The latter benefited from a strong final part during which Vingegaard consolidated. The difference on the line was twelve seconds in favour of Bjerg. Despite losing out on the stage victory, Vingegaard performed well in the general classification. He is now second overall.
"Of course, I was hoping to win the time trial and take the yellow jersey from Christophe”, Vingegaard said. "But the strongest won today. I can be reasonably happy with my performance. In the coming days, I'm hoping to get another shot at the yellow jersey. The advantage is that tomorrow we don't have to take control right away. I had a quick start in mind. It worked, but maybe I went a little too fast. I tried to save myself in the middle section and then went full speed to the finish. Perhaps I could have done things differently, but I can be reasonably happy with the result. Mikkel was outstanding today.”
"Perhaps I could have done things differently"
For outgoing yellow jersey Laporte, the time trial proved to be too difficult an ordeal. "I gave everything on the road. The second part was difficult and I gave up. I didn't want to lose the jersey anyway, so I gave it everything I had. It was three great days in the leader's jersey. It's a shame that Jonas missed the stage win. It would have been nice for him to take the jersey from me. However, there are still four tough stages to come where Jonas can strike. I hope I can do for him what he did for me in the last few days", Laporte said.