Jonas Vingegaard crowned Tour de France Champion for second year in a row, after Jordi Meeus took victory in the final stage with a photo finish
- Jonas Vindegaard has won the Tour de France for the second year in a row
- Tadej Pogacar came in second but trailed the Dane by over seven minutes
- Jordi Meeus won the final stage in a photo finish on the Champs-Elysees
Jones Vinegaard set his sights on further domination after securing his second successive Tour de France crown while Jordi Meeus won the final stage in a photo finish on the Champs-Elysees.
Brits Adam and Simon Yates — twin brothers — finished third and fourth respectively.
Vingegaard’s defence of his title was all but assured after Wednesday’s stage over the Col de la Loze, and he celebrated arm-in-arm with his Jumbo-Visma team-mates as they crossed the line together in the French capital.
As the Paris finale came down to the customary sprint finish, all eyes were on Jasper Philipsen, winner of four stages in this Tour, and Dylan Groenewegen on the right-hand side of the road as they bounded over the cobbles, but it was Meeus who shot down the left to nick it with a bike throw.
Vingegaard, who took yellow on stage six, won with a final margin of seven minutes and 29 seconds over 2020 and 2021 champion Tadej Pogacar, but his lead had been just 10 seconds on Monday’s rest day.
Jonas Vingegaard has won the Tour de France with a lead of over seven minutes
He came home arm-in-arm with his Jumbo-Visma team-mates to confirm his victory
The 26-year-old has now won the title two years in a row after coming second in 2021
Only eight men have won three or more Tour titles, but the 26-year-old Dane is already looking towards the opportunity to join them next summer.
‘I’m proud and happy of course,’ Vingegaard said. ‘We’re winning it for a second time and it’s really amazing… I have to say thank you not only to my team but my family and all of Denmark, they supported me and I’m really grateful for this.
‘It’s been a long journey but it went by so fast. We raced every day. It’s been a super good fight between me and Tadej and I really enjoyed it all the way.
‘Of course I hope to come back next year to see if I can take a third win or at least try. That will be the plan.’
Jordi Meeus (right) won the final stage in a photo finish to end his first Tour de France