Wout van Aert given hero’s welcome in Belgium after Tour de France success

Tour de France 2022 - 109th Edition - 18th stage Lourdes - Hautacam 143 km - 21/07/2022 - Wout Van Aert (BEL - Team Jumbo - Visma) - photo Nico Vereecken/PN/SprintCyclingAgency©2022
(Image credit: Sprint Cycling Agency)

Wout van Aert was given a hero's welcome when he returned to Belgium to ride the Roeselare criterium on Tuesday evening, with 35,000 Flemish cycling fans cheering his name as he took on Tom Pidcock, Yves Lampaert and others in a short time trial and circuit race.

Wout van Aert won three stages at the Tour de France, set a new record in green jersey points classification and played a massive role in Jonas’ Vingegaard’s overall victory. He was voted the most combative rider of the Tour.

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.