Van Aert seals Tour de France green jersey four days before Paris

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
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Wout van Aert mathematically sealed victory in the points classification of the Tour de France with four-and-a-half stages to spare, after he took second place in the intermediate sprint in on stage 17.

The Jumbo-Visma rider placed second behind his compatriot Jasper Philipsen in the early sprint at La Barthe-de-Neste, bringing his running tally of points to 399.

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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.