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Van Aert was the strongest on Wednesday in the double ascent of Ventoux and claimed one of his most career victories.
If Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick Step) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) had already raised their arms on this 108th Tour de France, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) was still biding his time. It is now done, and in what way, for the Belgian who won Wednesday July 7 a dantesque stage where Mont Ventoux was climbed not once but twice before arriving in Malaucène.
Another demonstration of Van Aert’s almost never-before-seen versatility. Among the favorites, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) left Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) behind in the second ascent of Mont Ventoux, before being caught by the yellow jersey on the descent to Malaucène. The Slovenian thus showed his first signs of weakness, all relative, in this Tour.
Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroën Team), second overall at the start, was unable to follow the big climbers. The Australian leaves the general podium in favor of Jonas Vingaard. Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) also took advantage and is now 4th just ahead of O’Connor.
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