Criterium du Dauphine - Wout van Aert: This victory couldn't have been more beautiful
Jun 13 2019 12:59 am CET

Criterium du Dauphine - Wout van Aert: This victory couldn't have been more beautiful
Criterium du Dauphine - Wout van Aert: This victory couldn't have been more beautiful
Team Jumbo-Visma

Wout van Aert took his first victory of the season at the individual time trial of the Criterium du Dauphine. This is also the first win at the WorldTour level of the Belgian rider of Jumbo-Visma.

Van Aert completed the 26.1-kilometre long route of the individual time trial in 33 minutes and 38 seconds, being faster than riders like Tejay Van Garderen and Tom Dumoulin. After finishing in many podium positions throughout the season so far, this is the first victory for the 24-year-old.

"It's a great win. I can't believe it", Van Aert commented. "I have worked a lot on my time trial in recent weeks, but I never expected to win here. I am very happy with this victory. Obviously, the course suited me very well with the long straight roads and that climb. I knew I could do good time trials, but I never really focused on it because of my cyclocross duties.

"This highly experienced team focuses on this discipline and that makes a big difference. This was my first time trial in the colours of Team Jumbo-Visma and I immediately won the race. It is also my first WorldTour victory. It couldn't have been more beautiful."

Van Aert's teammate Steven Kruijswijk -who finished the time trial in the fourth position and climbed 13th positions in the overall standing- was happy about the win of the Belgian. "It is super nice that he wins," the Dutchman commented. "With a second and third place this week, he was close twice already.

"It was also a good day for myself. I know I can do good time trials and this fourth place confirms this. I am happy that my form is good. It provides confidence for the coming days and certainly for the Tour. It's a pity that I lost time in the second stage, but we are back in a good position for the Alps. I am happy with the way this day evolved."







COMMENTS



POLL


Loading Poll...
JOIN OUR TEAM!


Have you always wanted to write about cycling? Click HERE to contact us!
THE LATEST CYCLING NEWS IN YOUR MAILBOX


Enter your email address:

CURRENT KEY RACES (16 JUNE)


Critérium du Dauphiné
Baloise Belgium Tour
Tour de Suisse

UPCOMING RACES

Tour of Slovenia2019-06-19

RECENT RACES

Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg2019-06-05
OVO Energy Women's Tour2019-06-10
Grosser Preis des Kantons Aargau2019-06-13