In his first Tour de France, Wout van Aert gets to wear the white jersey as he’s the best placed young rider after the second stage.
Wout’s team, Team Jumbo-Visma, took a convincing victory in the team time trial today, smashing the time of Team Ineos with 20 seconds. They covered the 27.6 km course through the streets in Brussels in a time of 28:57, averaging a speed of more than 57km/h.
Jumbo - Visma kept its extremely high pace until the end and Wout put in strong turns at the front. He crossed the line in first position, winning the team time trial and taking over the white jersey from Caleb Ewan. Our 24-year-old now leads the best young rider classification with 20 seconds advantage over Moscon and moves to second place on the general classification, 10 seconds behind his teammate, Mike Teunissen.
Wout van Aert:
"It's a dream start. Winning the first stage when the Tour was in Belgium was fantastic and now this... . We were really strong. It was up to Tony (Martin) and me to do the longer pulls. That's easier said than done. Tony has got so much experience and confidence while I didn't know if it would work out, but it was a good match. If you feel pain in a team time trial, then it's good. I felt a lot of pain, so it's was really good. If it's going well, then it's possible to enjoy the pain."
"The extra reward for me is the white jersey. In the Tour de France, the smallest prize is valuable - this jersey is obviously not a small prize. A jersey is always more special, but being on the podium of the Tour de France is massive. I'll have to let this sink in before I can rate it really,"