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Supreme Van Aert sprints in Privas to stage victory in Tour de France

Supreme Van Aert sprints in Privas to stage victory in Tour de France

Wout van Aert has impressively won the fifth stage of the Tour de France. A day after the victory of Primoz Roglic, the winner of Milan-Sanremo was the fastest in the bunch sprint on the uphill finish in Privas. Van Aert positioned himself perfectly in Cees Bol’s slipstream, after which he finished it off in a supreme way.

After his victory in Albi last year, it is Wout's second stage victory in the Tour de France and his fifth victory of the season. Earlier this year, in addition to Milan-Sanremo, he also won Strade Bianche, the Belgian time trial championships and a stage in the Criterium du Dauphiné. It is Team Jumbo-Visma’s sixteenth victory in 2020.

“This is a very nice win”, Van Aert said. “I am very grateful to the team for giving me the chance to go for it today. I am more than happy that I can reward their confidence with this stage win. I only got one chance and I took it. This is really awesome. It was a fairly easy stage, but the finish was still quite difficult. Because there was no breakaway during the stage and the fact that the pace was not too high, a lot of riders were still fresh. Because of the fast last hour and the wind, it got quite hectic in the end. I knew the stage was perfect for me. It was very important to choose position. I was positioned really well in the lead-out of Team Sunweb. I started my sprint when Bol accelerated. It was still very tight, but a few centimetres is enough. I now have my victory, so from tomorrow I will work for Primoz and Tom again. I will do so with great pleasure and happiness.”

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