Tour of Britain - Wout van Aert: I put this victory high on my list
Sep 09 2021 06:17 am CET

Tour of Britain - Wout van Aert: I put this victory high on my list
Tour of Britain - Wout van Aert: I put this victory high on my list
Photo of Wout van Aert (c) Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert has won the Queen stage of the Tour of Britain after beating Julian Alaphilippe in the final sprint.

The Dutch formation protected the rider throughout the stage and took him to an ideal position ahead of the final climb of the day. Then he followed the movements of Michael Woods and Julian Alaphilippe, and he sprinted against the World Champion and crossed the finish line a few centimetres ahead of him -taking back the lead of the General Classification.

"It was painful for two kilometres", said Van Aert. "At the bottom of the final climb, it was very steep. I set myself the goal to survive that tricky part. We knew Alaphilippe and Woods would be the biggest competitors today. When I was in the wheel of those guys, I knew I could rely on my sprint. I was also thinking about the general classification. When Julian attacked, I put in a good sprint. This was a very nice finish. I put this victory high on my list. It may not be the biggest race I have won, but I will be happy with the way I did it for a long time. I am very happy with this victory.

"I knew it was very important to be in a good position at the bottom of the climb. Woods attacked early. From that moment on, there was nothing else to do but ride full speed to the finish. For me, this was the most important stage of this tour. This has been a good test for me. On paper, today's course seemed to be just a bit too difficult for me. However, it turns out that with confidence, a lot is possible. I tried to motivate the team all day long. They worked hard all day to put me in the best possible position at the foot of the final climb. I was able to go just over the limit to get this win. I had to dig really deep."

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