Tour de France: a champion as a noble helper

Lavaur (dpa) – Actually, he should only help Primoz Roglic take the yellow jersey in Paris. But Wout Van Aert is clearly not really busy with this task in the 107th Tour de France.

The Belgian has already won two stages and has continued his famous series of successes since the beginning of August. “It has been going very well since the restart”, says Van Aert and is astonished himself.

When he won in Lavaur, the 25-year-old took advantage of the cards the Bora-hansgrohe team had taken from the sprinters with an early attack. In the final, the triple world champion cross received the gift with thanks. The happiness of the efficient. Because success is no coincidence, rather logical. He first won the heavy gravel race Strade Bianche in early August, then the classic Milan-Sanremo and finally a stage in the Dauphiné tour. He also became Belgian time trial champion.

“It’s a pleasure to have such a driver on the team. When he goes full throttle, everyone suffers,” says Roglic enthusiastically. The explosiveness that Van Aert gets from cross-sport often has nothing against his rivals. Already in 2019, he caused a sensation on the tour before he got stuck on a grille during the time trial and his thigh was cut. This time he wants to go to Paris.

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