Tour de France: Wout Van Aert Wins Wind-Blown Stage Seven

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Wout Van Aert had earlier won stage five of Tour de France on Wednesday.© AFP


Wout Van Aert picked up a second win of the 2020 Tour de France on Friday as skulduggery and crosswinds combined to produce an enthralling race that claimed several sufferers. British rider Adam Yates retained the yellow jersey while Peter Sagan took the green points jersey after his Bora team led a carefully plotted and brilliantly executed attack to drop his dash rivals. From 150km out, Bora launched an unforeseen assault, cranking up the pace with attacks which succeeded in exploiting the crosswinds, splitting the pack and shedding Sagan’s rivals in the points classification, Irishman Sam Bennett who started the day in green, and Australian Caleb Ewan.

Some of the other sufferers used to be young Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, who started the day in third overall and used to be left at the back of late on because of a puncture with the peloton hitting speeds of 70 km/h in a crosswind.

Jumbo’s Belgian all-rounder Van Aert also won stage five and on Friday outsprinted a small leading group.

“The entire sprinters were dropped already and afterwards it used to be completely hectic,” said the Jumbo rider at the finish line.

“It used to be a good day for the team as some favourites from the GC missing time too,” said Van Aert, whose team leader Primoz Roglic is the favourite to win the Tour.

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“I got a slipstream, found a hole and well my dash perfectly,” said Van Aert. “But this is more of a surprise than the final win.”

The stage embarked inside sight of the 336m-high Millau viaduct that reaches across the Tarn Gorge, where winds also hit the Tour in 2019.

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