Tour de France - Wout van Aert: There is no shame in losing to Sagan
Jul 11 2019 02:46 am CET

Tour de France - Wout van Aert: There is no shame in losing to Sagan
Tour de France - Wout van Aert: There is no shame in losing to Sagan
Wout van Aert by Jumbo-Visma

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) finished the final sprint of the fifth stage of the Tour de France in the second position, just behind Peter Sagan.

The stage was set up for riders with the characteristics of Van Aert and he managed to remain in the main group up until the final kilometre. He launched his sprint just a moment later than Sagan and couldn't beat him to the finish line, but this result was good enough to keep the lead of the young rider classification and ride one more day with the white jersey.

"I started my sprint a little too late, so the gap to Sagan was a bit too big already," said Van Aert. "He sprinted really strongly and there is no shame in losing to Sagan. I was in a good position, but perhaps it would have been better to be a few places closer.

"I probably should be satisfied with this, although I still have to learn a lot and gain more experience. I feel good, my shape is good and there are still opportunities to come."

The sixth stage of La Grande Boucle will be very challenging over a profile that includes three climbs of the first category, including the mountain finish in La Planche des Belles Filles. "I know the area really well," commented the Belgian. "It’s going to be too heavy for me, so I’ll probably lose the white jersey. But we have had a fantastic first few days of this Tour as a team."







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