Van Aert Sets Aside Personal Ambition In Tour De France Debut

Wout van Aert talks to media ahead of the 2019 Tour de France

As Belgium prepares for the Tour de France Grand Depart in Brussels, where cycling legend Eddy Merckx will be feted on the 50th anniversary of his first maillot jaune, there is ample attention surrounding another Belgian star of the present day, Wout van Aert ( Jumbo-Visma ), the winner of two stages - the individual time trial and the next day's bunch sprint - and the points jersey in the Critérium du Dauphiné and, more recently, the new Belgian national time trial champion. It's been a whirlwind year for the 24-year-old, who was nearly jobless after a heated contract dispute with his former Verandas Willems team, but once that was resolved Van Aert was swept into the WorldTour a season early with Jumbo-Visma. Van Aert quickly turned his year around after a disappointing cyclo-cross season, landing on the podium in Strade Bianche and the E3 BinckBank Classic before his stand-out ...

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