Stage 12 of the 2023 Tour de France could prove to be a decisive day in the battle between Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard for the Maillot Jaune. Although there are now giant mountains, as Thijs Zonneveld says, it is an "ambush stage."
“It will be another bad day for the riders. I think stages like these are the most fun to watch," the BEAT Cycling Club rider says on his AD podcast In Het Wiel. “It's an ambush stage because it can happen literally at any time, all day long. It's not for nothing that Jonas Vingegaard said that he expected Tadej Pogacar to attack right at the start of the stage."
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Although the battle for the Maillot Jaune often sees the main protagonists mark each other and cancel each other out, the fight between Pogacar and Vingegaard has been electric for the third straight year, helping to make this year's edition in particular, must-watch.
"You are not going to lose Pogacar in this area. It also only focuses on Vingegaard," says Zonneveld on Jumbo-Visma's response to any potential UAE Team Emirates attack. "You would actually need a second rider for such a plan, but I don't know if Sepp Kuss would be happy with such a ride. But this ride is tough enough for several teams to try something."