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Team Jumbo-Visma has tried to put the competition under pressure in the final of the sixteenth stage of the Tour de France. The yellow and black formation attacked on the steep final climb with Van Aert, Kuss and Vingegaard. The select group of favourites finished almost 14 minutes behind stage winner Patrick Konrad.
As expected, the stage through the Pyrenees, with four climbs along the way, was one for the breakaway. When Guillaume Martin attacked on the final climb, Team Jumbo-Visma took control and accelerated. In the end the attempt was unsuccessful. Jonas Vingegaard crossed the finish line together with the other favourites and remained third in the general classification.
"Mike yelled through the radio that a number of favourites were far behind in the peloton. That was the moment for us to try and put on some pressure."
Wout van Aert thought the attempt was worth a try. “It was not a premeditated plan. Mike yelled through the radio that a number of favourites were far behind in the peloton. That was the moment for us to try and put on some pressure. Especially since there was a crosswind in the final kilometres. It was definitely worth trying, but in the end it didn’t work out. Behind Pogacar it’s very close, so every second gained is good. We’re going to keep trying if the opportunity arises.”
"I expect a hand-to-hand combat on the final climb tomorrow"
Vingegaard was pleased with the support of the team. “The team was very strong and made sure I didn't lose any time. I'm already looking forward to tomorrow. It is one of the toughest stages of this Tour and it will be a hand-to-hand combat on the final climb.”