Looks very calm: Jonas Weinggaard is relaxed during a traditional press chat on his day off in Carcassonne. One last respite until a new battle erupts in the Pyrenees.
“Things are going well,” the 26-year-old Dane opened. “I had some bruises after my fall yesterday, but I’m not really bothered.”
His team has suffered damage in recent days. Primus Roglic and Steven Krueswijk were unable to continue their path after collisions: “Of course it is never good to lose important assistants. Fortunately, a very strong team remains after they are gone.”
The big contender in the coming stages appears to be Tadej Pojjakar. After a difficult moment at Col du Granon, the Slovenian regained his form: “There are still many riders who can make it difficult for me, but at Col du Granon and Alpe d’Huez it was already a duel.”
“In the standings, I still have a bonus of more than two minutes. We will definitely feel the loss of Primus and Stephen, but I will do everything in my power to keep this yellow jersey.”
Vingegaard also anticipates something from the Ineos Grenadiers camp: “They still have 3 riders at the top. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were up to something in the Pyrenees.”
At last year’s Tour de France, Jonas Weinggaard was allowed to drive for a long time in the white jersey that actually belonged to Tadej Pogacar, and now wears the most beautiful jersey ever.
“It’s so special to be able to try this, it’s just crazy. This jacket doesn’t really feel like a burden to me. I keep calm, and although there is so much to do, I’m ready. I’ve been here for a long time working for.”
“I still enjoy being able to race here. In the Pyrenees I expect a lot of attacks in my yellow jersey. I will give everything and then I will see where I come from.”
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