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Danish royals cheer on Jonas Vingegaard as he wins Tour de France

The Danish Royal Family has cheered on Jonas Vingegaard to his first Tour de France victory.

Crown Prince Frederik and his family cheered on racers at the start in Copenhagen, and he was on hand in Paris to watch his fellow countryman take home the famed yellow jersey.

He also congratulated him on Instagram, writing: “From a historic Grand Départ in Denmark to stage wins by Magnus Cort, Mads Pedersen, Jonas Vingegaard and now a fantastic finish on the Champs-Élysées, where we could celebrate the tour’s winner “Le Grand Danois” Jonas Vingegaard 🇩🇰 His energy, sportsmanship and willpower at this year’s Tour de France has been exceptional to witness. Congratulations on the victory, and thank you for the great experience that the fight for the trophy has given us all in the month of July.”

His brother, Prince Joachim, and his family, wife Princess Marie and children Prince Felix, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena were also there to cheer on their fellow Dane when the race went through Cahors. The family resides in Paris.

Princess Marie shared an image of Prince Joachim with Vingegaard after the Prince presented him with the yellow leader’s jersey at the Cahors leg of the tour.

The Crown Prince also wrote a message of support for Vingegaard: “Jonas Vingegaard is about to write Danish sports history, and I am looking forward to paying tribute to him in Paris tomorrow when he crosses the finish line in the yellow jersey!”

The Danish Royal Family has been sharing their support on their Instagram account, even showing a photo of Queen Margrethe with her two sisters, Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie, watching the race from Graasten Palace.

Danish Jonas Vingegaard won the Tour de France in Paris on the Champs-Élysées. The 25-year-old beat two-time defending champion Tadej Pogacar from Slovenia on 24 July. Vingegaard is the second Dane to win the bicycling championship after Bjarne Riis in 1996. However, Riis was forced to return his championship jersey in 2007 after he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs.

Crown Prince Frederik has been involved with the Tour de France all year and has been showing his support; the race began in Copenhagen three weeks ago.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.