Wout van Aert: I'm just a little cyclist compared with Eddy Merckx

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on the podium after winning his third Tour de France stage
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on the podium after winning his third Tour de France stage (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The final stage of the Tour de France ended at 7:20 p.m. local time and Wout van Aert's flight to Tokyo was due to depart at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday night. He had hoped to spend a couple of quiet hours with his wife and young son before travelling onwards to the Olympic Games, but victory in the bunch sprint on the Champs-Élysées meant that his time was suddenly limited.

The podium ceremony, anti-doping control and television interviews meant that Van Aert was still lingering on the Champs-Élysées more than an hour after the finish, but despite the impending dash out to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, the Belgian sat into the press conference truck to talk reporters through his third win of this Tour and his second in as many days.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.