At Vive le Vélo Maarten Vangramberen once again knew the tastemaker for this tour Wout van Aert To tie the tie: “After the end I let the passion go,” Van Aert said after winning his time in the trial near Limoges. “I honestly didn’t know what was happening to me.”
“I’m tired after a hard ride and it all happened a little bit. We had so many special moments. It’s still hard to fathom.”
In the end, Van Aert took a 42-second bonus to world champion Filippo Gana: “I didn’t beat him much and certainly not by such margins. I had a feeling I had set up a solid time trial, but when the ratings guys left I was still scared of the Copenhagen scenario. “.
He still wants the yellow shirt Jonas Fingergaard He no longer dives under Van Aert’s time: “Apparently he told the team management that if it happened between me and him he wanted to know in advance. Jonas (Vinggaard) just wanted to defend his yellow jersey. It happened. Otherwise, it would have been. It could be soon,” van Aert continues.
“He shows what a hero he is. I meant a lot to him on this tour, but he meant a lot to me too.”
How did Jumbo-Visma become a close-knit team? “Those many training camps on the highlands near Tignes have something to do with it,” says the green jersey. “This preparation makes us a tight-knit team and we’re also starting to get to know each other as friends outside of racing.”
“In this team performance is always #1 and there are no other interests that don’t really matter. Everything is arranged here down to the last detail. This is of course also very important to get to the top.”
Tour by force in Calais, great race in Lausanne and then also experience the time towards Rocamadour. This tour is full of Wout van Aert moments. However, the green jersey would also hold another great achievement.
“That trip to Hautacam was really special for me. People will remember the Tadej Pogacar launch, but for me it’s mainly about attacking from 0 km and a strong final ride as well. It was my best performance of the tour.”
Van Aert also retains his superhero fighting spirit: “That’s a great compliment. Don’t make it a goal up front, but it’s good to take with you.”
Ran back on the Champs Elysees? “I’m so tired now. Maybe the finish will inspire me again, but we’ll see. I’ll be happy when we cross the finish line for the last time tomorrow (tonight).”
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