Tour of Britain - Wout van Aert: It's nice that it went exactly in the right direction today
Sep 13 2021 05:52 am CET

Tour of Britain - Wout van Aert: It's nice that it went exactly in the right direction today
Tour of Britain - Wout van Aert: It's nice that it went exactly in the right direction today
Photo of Wout van Aert (c) Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert has taken the victory of the last stage at the Tour of Britain and claimed the overall win of the race.

The Belgian started the last stage of competition in the British race in the second GC position, four seconds behind Ineos-Grenadiers' Ethan Hayter. As expected, the stage came down to a bunch sprint in which the rider of Jumbo-Visma was again the strongest, crossing the finish line in the first position and taking his fourth victory.

The bonus seconds he got by winning the stage, plus the fact that Hayter finished outside the top-ten, gave Van Aert enough advantage seconds to top the General Classification.

"I'm proud I was able to finish", Van Aert said. "The team fought hard all week. We made sure today's stage would end in a sprint. After the boys' hard work, I owed it to them to get the victory. It was a very fast final with the wind at my back. I deliberately chose Mark Cavendish's wheel in the final kilometre.

"Then I was a little surprised by Greipel's early attack. Luckily, I was able to anticipate and outsmart him in the final metres. It's fantastic to win the general classification as well. On the line, I saw that Ethan was not on the front row. It's nice that it went exactly in the right direction today."

This is the first step for the rider's other goals of what's left of the season. "This race has turned out to be more than I had dared dream of," the rider explained. "I started it with the World Championships of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in mind. In the past eight stages, we were able to work under perfect conditions towards the races in the coming weeks.

"The Tour of Britain has been a good race for us in all respects. A beautiful course that has many similarities with the course of the World Championships. The preparation for my next big goals is going smoothly."

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