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Van Aert sprints to fourth place in tenth Tour de France stage

Van Aert sprints to fourth place in tenth Tour de France stage

Wout van Aert sprinted to fourth place in the tenth stage of the Tour. In the streets of Saint-Amand-Montrond, the 29-year-old Belgian only trailed Pascal Ackermann, Biniam Girmay and stage winner Jasper Philipsen.

The day after the rest day, the riders were presented with a 183-kilometre long flat stage. Apart from a brief attack attempt in the opening hour, nobody felt the need to form the day’s breakaway. The peloton then rode towards the finish in Saint-Amand-Montrond, where another bunch sprint awaited. Van Aert was led to the front by lead-out Christophe Laporte in a great way, but the Belgian eventually had to let three riders ahead of him.  

"I'm satisfied with this fourth place, although I certainly could have been third”, Van Aert responded afterwards. "I was well placed towards the crucial corners in the final kilometres, but there I let myself be pushed away a bit too much by the others. In hindsight, I should have made other decisions there. That's a shame, because Christophe brought me to the front in a fantastic way. I felt fine today, but it wasn't a challenging stage."  

Sports director Grischa Niermann is already looking ahead to the tough 11th stage. "Tomorrow will be a tough stage with more than four thousand altimeters. The succession of climbs in the last fifty kilometres will be gruelling. There is a chance for the breakaway, because a stage like this is hard to control. It is a stage that should suit Jonas Vingegaard, but he is logically looking forward more to the stages in the Pyrenees and the Alps. There are the stages that suit him the best." 

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