Van Aert: Everyone wants to be on the QuickStep train at the Tour de France

VALENCE, FRANCE - JULY 06: Mark Cavendish of The United Kingdom and Team Deceuninck - Quick-Step Green Points Jersey Green Points Jersey stage winner celebrates at arrival, Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo-Visma & Jasper Philipsen of Belgium and Team Alpecin-Fenix during the 108th Tour de France 2021, Stage 10 a 190,7km stage from Albertville to Valence / @LeTour / #TDF2021 / on July 06, 2021 in Valence, France. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) takes second behind Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on stage 10 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Wout van Aert edged closer to taking a stage win at the Tour de France in Valence, taking second place a wheel length behind green jersey Mark Cavendish, who sped to his third victory of the Tour after a textbook lead out from his Deceuninck-QuickStep team.

With few other competing teams able to assemble a train to rival the Belgians – especially with Alpecin-Fenix's Mathieu van der Poel and Tim Merlier out of the race – the best option aside from riding for them would now appear to be to follow Cavendish's wheel.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix