Winner of the time trial on Saturday – his third victory on this Tour – Wout van Aert did not appreciate certain questions from journalists.
Wout van Aert is definitely indestructible. Two days after his incredible recital in the Pyrenees, the Belgian even had the luxury of cracking Tadej Pogacar on the final climb to Hautacam, and the day after his efforts in the final of the 18th stage in favor of Christophe Laporte, the Belgian delivered a new festival. Like last year, the Jumbo-Visma rider won the last time trial, beating Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar.
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Before the Champs-Élysées stage, which he also won last year, the world number two in the UCI rankings has already won three stages and the green jersey in the points classification. A hunting board to which must be added the price of the super-combative. A combativeness which risks being very useful to him in the coming days to respond to the suspicion of many followers and cycling fans.
A shitty question
Wout van Aert had a glimpse of it during the press conference following his victory in Rocamadour. Invited to ensure that doping had not shorted the Jumbo-Visma, the Belgian also expressed his annoyance. “I don’t even want to answer, it’s a shitty question”, he launched, finally adding: “She comes back every time someone wins. Because we are efficient, should we defend ourselves? I don’t get it. We worked so hard for this. »
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“Cycling has changed, we pass checks all the time, all year round, we come to our house, to our house, he added in remarks that are reminiscent of those held by Lance Armstrong, for example, in the past. We’re just training. And when you look at how the team has progressed in recent years, it’s not like we came from nowhere.