Van Aert tightens stranglehold on Tour de France green jersey after Swiss win

Stage winner JumboVisma teams Belgian rider Wout Van Aert wearing his sprinters green jersey celebrates on the podium after the 8th stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 1863 km between Dole in eastern France and Lausanne in Switzerland on July 9 2022 Photo by AnneChristine POUJOULAT AFP Photo by ANNECHRISTINE POUJOULATAFP via Getty Images
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) extends his lead in the sprinter's green jersey after stage 8 victory (Image credit: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT AFP via Getty Images)

Not content with spending four days in yellow during the first week of the Tour de France, Wout van Aert added another stage win to his collection as the race hit Lausanne in Switzerland for stage 8, further bolstering what looks more and more like an insurmountable green jersey lead in the process.

The finish to the stage reared up 5km above the city on the shores of Lake Geneva, handing the riders a kilometre at 9.5% to contend with as they passed the 98-year-old Stade Olympique on the way to the line.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before 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, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from the 2024 season include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.