Tour de France - Wout van Aert: It feels bad to be so close to the yellow jersey and not get it
Jul 09 2019 12:16 am CET

Tour de France - Wout van Aert: It feels bad to be so close to the yellow jersey and not get it
Tour de France - Wout van Aert: It feels bad to be so close to the yellow jersey and not get it
Wout van Aert by Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert has finished the third stage of the Tour de France in the second overall position. The rider was one of the favourites for the stage but at the end crossed the finish line 26 seconds behind the winner Julian Alaphilippe.

The rider of Deceuninck-Quick-Step escaped in the penultimate climb of the day and the peloton was unable to catch him back. Although Van Aerts' characteristics suit this kind of stages, he crossed the finish line with the pack and 26 behind the Frenchman but managed to keep the second overall position, where he sits 20 seconds behind Alaphilippe.

"We started the day with two options, me and Mike (Teunissen), but at some stage, Mike came up to me and told me he was not feeling good today, so I was free to play my cards," the current leader of the Youth classification explained. "My aim was to stay as long as possible up there and fight for the yellow jersey. These climbs were way steeper than I expected. It feels bad to be so close to the yellow jersey and not getting it. I couldn’t do more.

"I was with the GC riders in the fight. We did a perfect job but Alaphilippe was stronger than the whole bunch. In the end, it’s a worthy winner. I’m quite happy with keeping the white jersey. It’s a nice thing for now. We’ve had an extraordinary weekend but from tomorrow on, we’ll go back to our initial goals: GC with Steven (Kruijswijk) and stages with Dylan (Groenewegen). He’s recovering well, so we’ll chase the victory with him tomorrow."







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