Wout van Aert has won his fourth stage in this year’s Tour of Britain and took the overall victory as well.
In the 8th and final stage of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain, Van Aert proved to be the strongest once again, cheering in Aberdeen after a powerful sprint. He finished ahead of André Greipel and Mark Cavendish. In the overall standings, he tops the rankings ahead of Ethan Hayter and Julian Alaphilippe. The Belgian champion took stage victories in England, Scotland and Wales and took the Joint-most wins in a single edition.
Wout van Aert:
“I’m proud I was able to finish. The team fought hard all week. We made sure today’s stage would end in a sprint. After the team’s hard work, I owed it to them to win. It was a very fast final. I deliberately chose Mark Cavendish’s wheel in the final kilometre. Then I was a little surprised by Greipel’s early attack. Luckily, I was able to anticipate and outsmart him in the final metres. It’s fantastic to win the general classification as well.”
“This race has turned out to be more than I could have imagine. I started the race with the World Championships and Paris-Roubaix in mind. In the past eight stages we were able to work under perfect conditions towards the races in the coming weeks. The Tour of Britain has been a good race for us in all respects. A beautiful course that has many similarities with the course of the Worlds in Flanders at the end of this month. The preparation for my next big goals is going smoothly so far.”