Tour de France – 4th stage: In Calais, Wout Van Aert (Jumbo Visma) amazed them all

Tour de France – 4th stage: In Calais, Wout Van Aert (Jumbo Visma) amazed them all


2-2-2-1. Wout van Aert may have the yellow jersey, he also wanted to get his victory after playing the luxury Poulidor on the clock and the first two stages in line. It’s done, and how. Coming out of this 109th edition of a relative torpor since the big start in Copenhagen, the Belgian superstar placed the first banderilla of this Tour 2022. Cap Blanc-Nez, a “simple” 4th category 900 meters long at 7.5% average. But that’s where the yellow jersey, thrown into orbit by an unleashed Jumbo Visma team, stunned everyone, teammates and opponents alike.

The Jumbo screwed, Van Aert blew everything up: the huge coup de force of Cap Blanc-nez

Obviously, the coup was premeditated, and the plan was masterfully executed. “A long time ago, we had observed the course well, we knew that it would be demanding with a lot of ups and downs. It was clear that we were going to try something with the team on the last climb“, confided the winner of the day. “We planned our attackconfirmed his teammate, Nathan Van Hooydonck, who lit the fuse. Every year we study the Tour route in great detail and we knew there was something to do today.”

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The circumstances of this start to the Tour have finally convinced Van Aert and his team to launch the offensive. “I no longer wanted to take the risk of losing a new sprint, details the Belgian. The plan was to try something for the general classification and also the green jersey. We attacked the last climb hard, at the front, with these two objectives in mind. Nathan van Hooydonck started the movement, Tiesj Benoot followed and we heard on our radios that the attack had done some damage. So we raced to the top to see what was going to happen. But I never expected to find myself alone.”

Van Aert: “We thought we were going to go all out to the top”

Pogacar: “He blew everyone up”

This was perhaps the only tiny regret of the Dutch formation, which could not repeat the blow of Paris-Nice, when it had signed a fantastic hat-trick from the first stage, Christophe Laporte winning ahead of Van Aert and Primoz Roglic. Jonas Vingegaard was unable to accompany his teammate to the top of the bump and it may not be worse at the bottom. This avoids a first debate too supported around the pair he forms with Roglic. In any case, the show of force did not go unnoticed. “It’s a bit our specialty, our thing, this kind of course where you have to provide a very brief but very violent effort, emphasizes Laporte. The team is still rewarded today and it’s great.”

But if the Jumbo collective rocks, it is indeed Van Aert who impressed the most on the road to Calais, both for the way he distanced everyone and for the ease with which he held in respect the peloton (or what was left of it) in the last ten kilometers. “I felt myself fly in the last 10 kilometersadmits the Flemish. Winning a stage in this way, with the yellow jersey, it’s beautiful!“Primoz Roglic was blown away.”Yes, it’s crazy. Wout is half man, half engine, smiled the Slovenian. When he leaves like that, no one can follow him. I would have liked to, but it was not possible. He is truly amazing.”

Like his compatriot and rival, Tadej Pogacar observed all this from quite a distance. The two Slovenians were in a rather bad position at the foot of the climb and, given the frantic pace led from the foot, it was not a good idea. But compared to Van Aert, it wouldn’t have changed anything. “Pogi” admitted it, and was not surprised by this coup. “We could expect something like thisjudges the double defending champion. Wout van Aert was clearly the strongest today, he blew everyone away, he really deserves his victory. He was on fire.”

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