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Denmark knows how to celebrate heroes. Jonas Vingegaard, winner of this year's Tour de France, was welcomed by thousands of fans in Copenhagen and his home town - and fulfilled a wish.

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Denmark has given this year's tour winner Jonas Vingegaard an enthusiastic reception. On Thursday afternoon, thousands of people stood on the streets of the northern Danish Glyngøre Spellier when the 25 -year -old cycling professional with girlfriend Trine and daughter Frida slowly drove through the small fishing village in the family car. Vingegaard grew up 50 kilometers north of Glyngöre in the 370-person community of Hillerslev.

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Glyngøre has almost 1400 inhabitants - on Thursday, according to the local station TV2 Nord, more than 20,000 people in the village were on their feet to see the winner of the Tour de France. At the central celebration in the stadium of the village, Vingegaard thanked the assembled crowd, in which many yellow T-shirts wore or red and white Denmark flags. Later there was a fireworks in his honor.

Vingegaard won the Tour de France as second in Bjarne Riis on Sunday. He rounded off a Danish tour - the officially 3,349.8 kilometer journey started for the first time this year with three stages in Denmark. Riis had triumphed as captain of the German team Telekom in 1996 and was then also cheered by crowds in Denmark. He later granted comprehensive doping .

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"That was a fantastic reception," Vingegaard had told the radio station DR when he first stopped at the care center of his hometown at his own request. »We are almost neighbors and they are an important part of Glyngøre. And they support me all the time, «said the tour winner about the residents of the center.

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The Danish capital Copenhagen had already gave Vingegaard an enthusiastic reception on Wednesday. From the balcony of the Copenhagen town hall, he looked down at a sea of ​​cheering people. “Thanks to everyone who has supported me in the past three weeks. A thousand thanks! «, The cyclist of the crowd cried on the Rådhus Pladsen. Later the celebrations continued in the Tivoli amusement park with 25,000 people.

for Vingegaard had previously started with superlatives. He had ended up in a yellow private jet with his name on the tail unit, escorted by two F16 fight jets, at Copenhagen-Kastrup Airport. Thousands of people cheered the 25-year-old Danes when he drove from the airport in a convertible towards the city center with his wife and daughter. His parents also stood with thousands of other trellis: "We actually thought that we could hide here," said Vingegaard's mother Karina of the newspaper "BT", "but that was not a success. We are recognized everywhere. "The most looking forward to" hugging him and telling him that we are proud of him, "said Karina Vingegaard Rasmussen.

The Copenhagen district of Amager resembled Vingegaards Weg towards the center with tight fans at times almost the legendary arrival at the Tour-Bergstage to Alpe d'Huez . Many people waved red and white Denmark flags, others cycled next to the vehicle in the wheel-loving capital.

Vingegaard clapped from the passenger seat with many people, while his girlfriend Trine and daughter Frida were sitting in the back seat. In the car he grabbed the microphone, thanked for the great support and said: "This is completely wild, really touching."

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