Wout van Aert lowers Tour de France expectations as he recovers from appendicitis

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Wout van Aert has dialled back his ambitions for the Tour de France after finding that his training has been set back by his recent surgery for appendicitis. His plan to target the race leader's yellow jersey in the first week is no longer realistic, he told Het Nieuwsblad.

"The original plan was to build to my best form after the Dauphiné and to be top from the first week of the Tour. That first week consists of difficult sprint stages and a time trial. That suits me very well. I had made a big goal of the yellow jersey in the first week," Van Aert said.

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