Wout van Aert proved to be superior once again as he outsprinted peloton's best sprinters to win stage 5 of Le Tour de France.
After some tough days of hard work for his team’s leading men, Van Aert seized his chance and claimed the win in Privas. The final kilometres of the 183 km course from Gap to Privas featured a false flat section, suited to Van Aert's skills. The winner of Milan - Sanremo, Strade Bianche and opening stage of the Dauphiné grabbed the opportunity with both hands to take his second Tour de France victory in his career.
Wout van Aert:
“This is a very nice win. I am very grateful to the team for giving me the chance to go for it today. I am more than happy that I can reward their confidence with this stage win. I only got one chance and I took it. This is really awesome. It was a fairly easy stage, but the finish was still quite difficult. Because there was no breakaway during the stage and the fact that the pace was not too high, a lot of riders were still fresh. Because of the fast last hour and the wind, it got quite hectic in the end. I knew the stage was perfect for me. It was very important to choose position. I was positioned really well in the lead-out of Team Sunweb. I started my sprint when Bol accelerated. It was still very tight, but a few centimetres is enough. I now have my victory, so from tomorrow I will work for Primoz and Tom again. I will do so with great pleasure and happiness.”