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2023 Tour de France Stage 19-21 Highlights

By Jeff Stinger

After 21 grueling stages through France consisting of 3,404 total kilometers, Jonas Vingegaard finishes with the Yellow Jersey in this year’s Tour. The results didn’t come as a shock to many fans and bettors after the previous winner maintained a sizable advantage over Pogacar since Stage 16. With the results locked in, let’s take a look at how the event unfolded in the last three stages.

Top Stage 19-21 Highlights of the 2023 Tour de France

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Stage 19

Things don’t get closer than what this route laid out for us. Matej Mohoric of Bahrain Victorious took a sprint finish to win Stage 19 of the 2023 Tour de France. Mohoric joined a breakaway that featured prime sprinters and classic riders. He was rubbing elbows with Jasper Philipsen and Mads Pedersen, so he knew an abrupt move would be ideal for him and that’s exactly what he did. The Slovenian road racer broke free with Stage 18 winner Kasper Asgreen and Ben O’Connor, of that pack with 30 kilometers to go.

Despite solid efforts by the chasers to try and close the gap, they ultimately couldn’t gain the lost ground and even lacked unison at one point. But the pure power of Mohoric, Asgreen, and O’Connor endured to the final stretch. Down the finish line, O’Connor, knowing his speed couldn’t keep up with the other two riders, made his move, but was quickly reeled in by the pair and it was a duel between Mohoric and Asgreen. Ultimately, the Bahrain Victorious rider edged out Asgreen for the stage victory.

Stage 20

Tadej Pogacar got another taste of glory in Stage 20 of the Tour de France. Pogacar outpaced eventual winner Jonas Vingegaard and a few other riders on the flat portion of the Col du Platzerwasel. The result gives the UAE Team Emirates rider his second Tour victory this year and his 11th career stage win. Vingegaard was third to his Rival, giving up just a few bonus seconds and maintaining a healthy lead in the General Classification rankings.

While the Slovenian cyclist won’t win this year, he was able to end his run on a high. Pogacar won a sprint finish on a mountain stage which is reminiscent of his previous victories in the Tour. But this win came a few stages after cracking on Stage 17 and effectively losing the Yellow Jersey to Vingegaard. Pogacar never lost hope, securing his 11th TdF stage win and the fourth white jersey of his career.

Stage 21

This year’s Tour concludes with a Jordi Meeus victory on the Champs-Élysées sprint finish. The Bora-Hansgrohe rider was a surprise winner of Stage 21 when he outpaced top sprinters like Dylan Groenewegen, Mads Pedersen, and 2023 multiple-stage winner Jasper Philipsen.

Jonas Vingegaard enjoyed a relaxing ride and was officially crowned the winner of the Tour de France for a second consecutive year, winning the race by 7 minutes and 29 seconds over second-place rider and rival Tadej Pogacar. Furthermore, this is the latest margin of victory since 2014.

Final GC standings

  • Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma): 82:05:42
  • Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates): -7:29
  • Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates): -10:56
  • Simon Yates (Jayco–AlUla): -12:23
  • Carlos Rodríguez (INEOS Grenadiers): -13:17

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