This day’s 151.7-kilometer Alpine stage lived up to its promise as a showdown between the race’s top overall contenders.
And Vingegaard of Jumbo-Visma, who was 39 seconds behind Pogacar in third, accelerated to victory atop Col du Granon for the 25-year-maiden old’s Tour stage win.
By more than two minutes, the Dane has a commanding advantage over Pogacar, who is in second.
After being asked if he believed he had won the yellow jersey, he responded: “Actually, it’s rather remarkable. It’s difficult for me to put into words.
“Being able to say I’ve won a stage of the Tour and am currently wearing the yellow jersey is a dream come true.”
Tour De France Stage 11 Results
Geraint Thomas, the 2018 champion, has dropped to fourth place overall, four seconds behind multiple Tour winner Pogacar, while the French climber Romain Bardet has moved up to second place.
After successfully fending off three attacks on the penultimate climb, the Col du Galibier, the Slovenian looked unfazed as the race reached its highest point at an altitude of 2,642 metres.
At the base of the final 11-kilometer climb, he was all grins for the television cameras. However, with only 4.5 kilometres to go, he cracked badly and lost over three minutes.
Bardet’s break started the ball rolling, and Vingegaard quickly pulled away from Pogacar, who had been riding alone for most of the day.
George Bennett, a vital mountain lieutenant, withdrew from the race on Tuesday with Covid, and Rafal Majka’s condition appears to be deteriorating, so Pogacar got little aid from his teammates in reducing his losses on the climbs.
Thomas of Britain made use of the situation to his advantage and rode by the 23-year-old, who was also overtaken by David Gaudu and Adam Yates before he rolled dejectedly across the finish line.
“I suffered right up until the end,” Pogacar stated.
“What went wrong, I can’t say. I was still in great shape at the Galibier. From Jumbo-Visma, I received a barrage of attacks. Then, my legs gave out on me over the final ascent.
“Nothing has been resolved as of yet. It was his turn to speak for three minutes today; maybe it will be mine tomorrow. We’re not going down without a fight.”
Stage 11 Outcomes
- Jonas Vingegard (Den/Jumbo-Visma) In 4 hours, 18 minutes, and 2 seconds
- Nairo Quintana (Col/Arkea Samsic), clocked in at a time of 59 seconds.
- Romain Bardet (Fra/DSM). 10 seconds extra
- Geraint Thomas (Great Britain/Ineos Grenadiers). 1 minute, 38 seconds more
- David Gaudu (Fra/Groupama-FDJ), Time Gain: +2m 04s
- Adam Yates (Great Britain/Ineos Grenadiers) Extra 2 minutes and 10 seconds
- Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia / United Arab Emirates – Team Emirates) Added 2 minutes, 51 seconds
- Alexey Lutsenko of Kazakhstan and Astana three minutes, forty-eight seconds later.
- Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands/Jumbo-Visma). It’s been more than three minutes and fifty-nine seconds.
- Warren Barguil (France/Arkea Samsic) clocked in at +4 minutes, 16 seconds.
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