Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) had ants in his legs, on the 6th stage of the Tour de France who passed through his native country for part of the day, and that he passed in front of three, two, then alone. L’Eagle of Herentals did not abdicate until well after dropping the Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Israel-PremierTech), dangerous overall, who got up 65 km from the goal, and the American Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo), confirmed adventurer from the top of his 21 candles, who gave up 35 km later. The Belgian lost any chance of winning the stage or keeping his yellow tunic when, 11km from the finish, he was caught up by a peloton he didn’t even try to follow – two missions that seemed ultimately secondary if we are to believe his comments on FranceTV.
Video – Van Aert: “It was frustrating that the breakaway was so small”
“I decided to enjoy my last day in yellow”
“That’s as good isn’t it?”he joked about his change of jersey, since he will wear the green jersey tomorrow after having ceded that of leader to Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates). “I’m happy to change”he said, adding: “The yellow jersey is the most beautiful for sure [malgré] a few intensive days.” The Belgian champion returned to his strategy: “I was hoping to be in the breakaway, not just threesome, but when I got into the breakaway I had already given a lot. I decided it was time to try and enjoy my last day. in yellow, to give something to the public, and I think it worked.”
“I think it was a difficult day for us to control, so we decided to join the breakaway because we didn’t think we would be helped”has explained Wout van Aert. “It was a bit frustrating that the breakaway was so small”he repeated, testifying that he “was difficult to take off”not considering “the UAE team tried to [le] keep in the peloton”. The handyman Jumbo Visma finally announced, thus reassuring, at least a little, all the people who can worry about the state of the Belgian’s legs, that is to say a lot of people: “I hope to stay in the peloton a bit and help my teammates at the start, and towards the start of the climb of the Planche des Belles Filles, after quiet and a bit the same for everything that comes.”
To be honest, this is well deserved. ðŸ˜œ pic.twitter.com/Z6ni633smp
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