Tour de France stage 20 report: Happy ending for Pogačar, but there’s no shaking Vingegaard

Tadej Pogačar sprints to second stage win of the 2023 Tour as Jonas Vingegaard all but seals second consecutive overall victory.

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) sprints to stage 20 victory at the 2023 Tour de France. Photo: © Cor Vos

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by Kit Nicholson 22.07.2023 Photography by
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It was almost a fairytale ending to his final Tour de France for local hero Thibaut Pinot, but Tadej Pogačar’s UAE Team Emirates kept control of the time gaps in the peloton, and perfectly set up their leader for a deserved and confident stage win three days after the GC slipped from his grasp.

Jonas Vingegaard tried to add a mountain stage to his TT victory, but third place in the sprint for the line was plenty to maintain his vice-like grip on the yellow jersey.


Job done for Lidl-Trek, which ensured Giulio Ciccone would ride the red dots into Paris on Sunday. Over to Trek and ProjectOne to come up with a paint scheme befitting the volume of the jersey.

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“Today I finally felt like myself again. It was just really good from start to finish, to feel good again after many days suffering. And to pull it off at the finish line. I’m super super happy.”

Tadej Pogačar

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Thibaut Pinot had a monumental cheering section on the penultimate climb of the Tour, and though it wasn’t the start of the ultimate fairytale finale, he was the first of the riders to arrive at the party in a moment that will live long in the memory.

Many of Pinot’s fans, including a large crowd from the endearingly intentioned FFL (Fédé de la Lose) – “together celebrating the French who lose” – have been preparing since last night. And yes, that is former French national champion and former FDJ teammate Arthur Vichot screaming into the megaphone.

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