Wout van Aert injures knee at pre-Tour de France training camp

VAUJANY FRANCE JUNE 11 Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma celebrates at podium as Green Points Jersey winner during the 74th Criterium du Dauphine 2022 Stage 7 a 1348km stage from SaintChaffrey to Vaujany 1230m WorldTour Dauphin on June 11 2022 in Vaujany France Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
Van Aert on the podium in the points jersey at the Critérium du Dauphiné (Image credit: Getty Images)

Wout van Aert has withdrawn from the Belgian Championships due to a knee injury sustained during Jumbo-Visma's pre-Tour de France training camp in Tignes. In a statement on Thursday morning, Van Aert said the decision had been taken so as not to put his participation in the Tour at risk.

"I think it's a real shame that I can't defend my jersey. I would normally never forgo a Belgian championship," Van Aert said.

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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.