Wout van Aert reconfirms all-in bid for Tour de France green jersey

Otto I. Eovaldi

This report initially appeared on Velo Information

Wout van Aert reconfirmed in an interview with Het Laatste Nieuws that the green jersey sprint prize is leading of his agenda for the 2022 Tour de France.

Van Aert and the vast majority of the Jumbo-Visma Tour de France staff is presently hunkered down atop Sierra Nevada honing kind for a tune-up trip through the Criterium du Dauphine. Climbing drills are not on Van Aert’s teaching plan.

“My target in the Tour is the eco-friendly jersey, so I’m not specifically functioning on climbing,” Van Aert told HLN this 7 days.

Also study: Street to the Tour tracks via the Dauphine for Van Aert, Roglic

Van Aert will variety portion of a 3-prong captaincy for Jumbo-Visma’s “Tour eight” this July. Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard will be back again at the middle of Jumbo-Visma’s drive to defeat Tadej Pogacar and earn the maillot jaune.

“We unquestionably have a possibility, so we are going for yellow and green,” Van Aert confirmed.

Van Aert has been at the heart of Jumbo-Visma’s climbing main in modern Tours de France. He drove the workforce mountain train in 2020 and ripped up the script with victory on Ventoux final yr.

“In advance of, I rode for the team, and I could now and then pick a phase to go for my very own achievement. Now the aim is more on the inexperienced jersey, which I will have to operate on every single day. I’m likely to have to take details in the intermediate sprints, that’s new,” Van Aert explained. “That implies I will have to have my rest in the mountains every single now and then – relative rest.”

Tour de France-shortlisters Sepp Kuss, Rohan Dennis and Steven Kruijswijk will have to fill the gap left by Van Aert when the highway details uphill later this summer time.

Van Aert, Roglic and Co. will easy out the Tour de France wrinkles at the Dauphine following thirty day period although archrival Pogacar is expected to be headed to the Tour of Slovenia.

“We are likely [to the Dauphine] with most of the Tour team, so it will be helpful to see how easily the cooperation is likely and to choose a single previous stage in direction of the Tour,” Van Aert reported.

“It’s an important race. It’s been a whilst considering that I have ridden the Dauphine, and there are some tricky stages in between wherever there will possibly be a dash. I’m searching forward to getting confidence in that and hopefully obtaining a outcome.”

Van Aert also suggested another tilt at the worlds time trial is unlikely this season.

Just after finishing on the TT podium 2 times in the previous two a long time, Van Aert will go whole-concentration for a Wollongong highway race so very well suited to his ending velocity.

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