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Jonas Vingegaard Could Be Set to Dominate Tour de France

Jonas Vingegaard Could Be Set to Dominate Tour de France

Danish rider Jonas Vingegaard once again proved too strong for his rivals in the 2023 Tour de France, defending the crown he won in 2022. He finished seven minutes and 29 seconds ahead of the second-placed Tadej Pogacar.

If successful next year, Jonas Vingegaard will become one of only nine riders to have won the prestigious race three times or more, and only the sixth to do three years running, with Chris Froome being the last to achieve that feat in 2017, as documented in the BBC report.

As of July 26, Jonas Vingegaard is the -120 favorite at the odds Betway is offering for the 2024 Tour de France. Those odds suggest he will be the man to beat once again in the General Classification in what will be his fourth appearance in the race. As well as two victories, he was also second on his debut in 2021.

Vingegaard will be hoping for more Grand Tour success in the Vuelta a Espana later in the year. He has only once featured in that race before, and it was in 2020 when he finished in 46th place. With the backing of Team Jumbo-Visma, he will be expected to be one of the contenders for the first prize on this occasion.

Just like Carlos Alcaraz on the ATP Tour in tennis, Jonas Vingegaard has the potential to dominate his sport over the next decade. His supporters will be excited about what the future holds for him following his latest success.

Hat-Trick of Wins on Pogacar’s Mind Too

As a two-time Tour de France winner himself, Pogacar will have his own aspirations of completing a hat-trick of successes in 2024. The Slovenian has finished no worse than second place in the last four renewals of the Grand Tour event, an impressive run of consistency.

Pogacar was in contention for first place up until stage 16. He was only 10 seconds behind his rival heading into that stage, but the Danish rider then showed his dominance in the Alps, which helped him put distance between himself and the rest of the field.

The man from Slovenia is one of the most versatile riders in the sport. He has been in contention in sprint finishes at the UCI event, like in stage three, while he also has the endurance to challenge the leading mountain riders.

Given Pogacar broke his wrist back in April, he can be very pleased with his efforts in 2023. The 2020 and 2021 winner remains at the top of the UCI Road Racing world rankings. The Paris-Nice champion won stage 20 of this year’s Tour de France where he showed all his battling qualities, despite the Grand Classification having all but slipped away at that point.

Pogacar is not set to feature in the Vuelta a Espana at the end of August. He is likely to review where it went wrong for him in the Tour de France so he can learn from any mistakes ahead of his next shot in the race in 2024.

Remco Evenepoel Could Make Tour de France Debut in 2024

At the start of 2023, Remco Evenepoel was considering entering the Tour de France in 2023 but in the end, he opted against doing so. He could be set to make his debut in the race in 2024, and if he did, he would be a serious contender for Jonas Vingegaard’s Yellow Jersey.

Evenepoel showed his class at the 2022 Vuelta a Espana, winning his first Grand Tour event, as detailed in the Eurosport report. Just weeks later he won the UCI World Road Racing Championship in Australia, finishing two minutes and 21 seconds ahead of his rivals.

To be in peak condition for the most prestigious Grand Tour competition, Evenepoel may adjust his schedule in 2024. He has expressed his desire to give it a go soon, and with the backing of his teammates, he will be confident of making the podium at the very least.

Juan Ayuso Considered to Be a Future Grand Tour Winner

Next year’s Tour de France could also see Juan Ayuso make his debut in the race. The talented Spanish rider is in the early stages of his career, but he showed his ability when finishing third at the 2022 Vuelta a Espana.

Ayuso now rides for UAE Team Emirates after signing a five-year deal with the team in 2021. They will be hoping he can help them replicate some of the success Sky had in the race in the 2010s.

The 2024 Tour de France takes place between June 29 and July 21 July and it will be the 111th edition in history.

 

Salman Ahmad is a seasoned writer for CTN News, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the platform. With a knack for concise yet impactful storytelling, he crafts articles that captivate readers and provide valuable insights. Ahmad's writing style strikes a balance between casual and professional, making complex topics accessible without compromising depth.

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