Wout van Aert added another memorable victory to his palmares as he won stage 11 of the Tour de France, a stage that included a double ascent of the mythical Mont Ventoux. Is was only one day after he placed second in a bunch sprint. Van Aert describes this win as his ‘best ever victory’.
The Belgian champion was part of the earlier breakaway before he dropped his fellow escapees on the second ascent of the Ventoux, with 11 km from the summit. Van Aert pulled out a 1-minute gap over the chasers before he started the 20 km descent to the finish in Malaucène.
Earlier this season Van Aert won two stages in Tirreno-Adriatico, Gent-Wevelgem, Amstel Gold Race and the Belgian Nationional Road Championship. This takes his victory tally to six this season. It is the fourth Tour stage Van Aert has won, after previously having won stages in 2019 and 2020. Yet, this is the first Tour de France victory he took solo.
Wout van Aert:
“I am speechless. I never dared to dream at the start of the Tour that I could win this stage. Yesterday I suddenly felt I wanted to go for the stage win today as well. I asked the team if I could fight myself in the breakaway of the day. This might be my best victory ever, because the Mont Ventoux is one of the most iconic climbs in cycling. I believed in it along the way and with faith anything is possible. The support was also overwhelming. It was an honour to ride up the Ventoux in the national jersey.”