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‘They play the victim but we don’t really believe it’: Tadej Pogačar’s team engages in verbal argument with Jonas Vingegaard

The gloves are not yet fully off, but punches are being thrown with increasing frequency in the Tour de France. Last year’s champion Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike) explained his position at the start of the race: three months after his horrific accident, he was “lucky to be here” and when he lost time on the fourth stage, it was classed as a positive result – “I expected to be 3-0 down,” he stated.

The usually shy Dane’s repeated references to the few broken bones he had in the first half of the first race and the six weeks of preparation were a slow instigation to ensure that the story was about his recovery and to place the pressure firmly on the boots of his great rival Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates). The man who has won the last two Tours is, by all accounts, the underdog. Indeed, the UAE are nodding in approval; message delivered.