Wout van Aert soars to solo victory on stage 4, leaving absolutely nothing to chance 

Wout van Aert finally got his stage win at the 2022 Tour de France, going solo 11 kilometers from the finish to take a famous victory in the yellow jersey.

With two men up the road – polka dot-wearer Magnus Cort and Frenchman Anthony Perez – it was relatively quiet until the last 12 kilometres.

The one-kilometre Côte du Cap Blanc-Nez, average of 7.2%, made the perfect launchpad for an attack, and Jumbo-Visma had loomed ominously on the approach. Together with the Ineos Grenadiers, Jumbo-Visma put the hammer down right at the base of the climb, gobbling up lone survivor Perez and setting up the inevitable attack.

Tiesj Benoot’s full gas effort forced gaps on the steepest ramps, only Van Aert, Adam Yates and Jonas Vingegaard sticking with him. Once Benoot was done, Van Aert took on the drive himself and took a few lengths of advantage over the crest.

With Vingegaard glued to Yates’s wheel and the peloton utterly shattered, Van Aert buckled in and powered to the finish. After three days of second-place finishes, he was leaving nothing to chance. The stage win was his.

Tour de France (2.UWT)
Dunkerque → Calais

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