Van Aert: "I want to win a stage and wear yellow on the Tour"

In an interview with Red Bull, the Belgian champion discussed his goals for the next Tour de France, where he hopes to shine again as he did last year.


Wout Van Aert will be one of the great figures to follow in the 2021 Tour de France. After being uncovered in the 2020 edition, where in addition to winning two stages he did an impeccable job for Primoz Roglic in the fight for the general, the Belgian of the Jumbo-Visma looks to the Tour with renewed illusions and new goals.

In an interview with Red Bull, one of his sponsors, Van Aert stressed that he is coming to the Tour with enthusiasm despite the fact that appendicitis significantly altered his preparation. "The truth is that the preparation did not go as planned. After the operation and a week of rest there was a long way to return to a great state and I did two weeks of altitude training in Sierra Nevada and another two weeks in Tignes as an alternative. to run the Dauphiné. It took a long time before I felt good, and before the Belgian championships I also had doubts "

Van Aeet also sets the goal for this Tour to fight for a stage victory and, why not, wear the yellow leader's jersey. "I want to win a stage in the Tour and, if it's at the beginning, I hope to be able to wear the yellow jersey. I hope to achieve it despite not fully preparing myself. I also focus to shine in the time trials and in my preparation for the Tokyo Games. the team will fight for the yellow jersey and of course I will try to do my part to achieve it. "

Van Aert also wanted to review his two stage victories on the last Tour. "The one in Privas was my first victory in the 2020 Tour. I had great feet in the summer and everything had gone very well. I had the freedom to race during that stage because Primoz had little to lose in qualifying. It was a sprint in which I had a hard time getting into position. But I managed to catch the Sunweb train and sprint in time! "

The Belgian champion also remembers his victory on the seventh stage on the way to Lavaur. "It was a tough stage, with Bora-Hansgrohe trying to cut through Sagan's rivals in the fight for the green jersey on the first slope at the start of the stage. We went in a very small group and I was busy all day maintaining Primoz ahead. In the last kilometers everything changed and they let me go for the win. I won again and it was a surreal feeling because everything I tried, it worked! However, he returned soon to earth, since it was my last 2020 win ".

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