'I need the Tour de France to find myself again' – Wout van Aert surprised at suggestions of early exit

TROYES FRANCE JULY 07 Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Visma Lease a Bike competes passing through a gravel strokes sector during the 111th Tour de France 2024 Stage 9 a 199km stage from Troyes to Troyes UCIWT on July 07 2024 in Troyes France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Wout van Aert (Visma-Lease a Bike) on the gravel tracks of stage 9 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

Wout van Aert insisted we’ll see him in Nice on the final day of the Tour de France, with the Belgian indicating he needed every day of the race in order to haul himself back into the sort of form needed to be competitive at the Olympic Games

Speaking at a Visma-Lease a Bike press conference on the first rest day of the Tour de France on Monday, Van Aert refuted the suggestion from Belgium’s national selector, Sven Vanthourenhout, that he might beat an early retreat for the Tour in order to prepare for Paris. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.