Tour of Britain - Wout van Aert: A lot will depend on the bonification seconds
Sep 11 2021 08:05 am CET

Tour of Britain - Wout van Aert: A lot will depend on the bonification seconds
Tour of Britain - Wout van Aert: A lot will depend on the bonification seconds
Photo of Wout van Aert (c) Jumbo-Visma

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) has shown once again his abilities in uphill finishes by winning the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain.

The rider stayed with the pack until the breakaway was caught, then he attacked and was followed by the main GC contenders. The group that included him, Julian Alaphilippe, Michael Woods, Mikkel Honoré and GC leader Ethan Hayter, among others, fought for the win and the Belgian rider of Jumbo-Visma was once again the first to cross the finish line, taking his third win in this edition of the race.

"I tried to surprise the competition with that attack", Van Aert said. "That way, I tried to make up some extra seconds in the classification. In the end, all the competitors turned out to be in my wheel. Then I waited until the final kilometre. I was well positioned and had enough power in my legs to finish it off. It gives me great pleasure to take my third stage victory. This gives a lot of extra confidence and morale in the run-up to the coming races. In many ways, the course of the World Championships is similar to this one. For now, though, I'm focusing on this race.

"I'm now within four seconds of Hayter. A lot will depend on the bonification seconds. Perhaps we can try something at other times as well. With a little more luck, we might have gotten extra seconds earlier this week. Hayter is a strong opponent who is in good shape. I know that I didn't miss an opportunity this week. I'm ready for what's to come."
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