Last year's Tour de France winner won the fifth stage of the French cycling classic Criterium du Dauphine and leads the race overall. After the finish in Salins-les-Bains, about ten miles from Annecy, he was informed about the knife attack carried out by a man with Swedish connections.

Four children and two adults were injured and for two of the children the situation is critical.

In the victory interview, the 26-year-old Dane, who drives for Jumbo-Visma, was deeply moved:

"I am of course very happy about the victory, but on a day like this – with what has happened in Annecy – cycling means nothing. My thoughts are with the families," Vingegaard said before interrupting.

He later told Danish TV2:

"It's terrible and comes a little close. After all, it is one who has attacked small children. Annecy is a city that I come to from time to time.

Jonas Vingegaard himself has a daughter who turns three this year.