Wout van Aert wins Tour de France stage; Tadej Pogacar increases lead

Belgian Wout van Aert won his next phase of this year’s Tour de France, and eighth in his profession, whilst Slovenian Tadej Pogacar finished third to raise his all round standings lead in Saturday’s eighth stage.

Van Aert, the top rated sprinter through eight of 21 phases, overtook Pogacar and Australian Michael Matthews in the final meters of an uphill complete in Lausanne, Switzerland, the fourth place that the Tour visited in the very first week-additionally.

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Van Aert, the Tokyo Olympic road race silver medalist, gained at minimum just one stage in all 4 of his Tour de France starts off. His target for this year’s Tour is to win the environmentally friendly jersey sprinters’ opposition for the initially time. He has a comfortable 115-stage lead in the standings.

“Today was a big prospect to just take a whole lot of factors on a several of my opponents,” van Aert mentioned.

Pogacar, going for a third consecutive Tour de France title, upped his lead by yet another four seconds about Dane Jonas Vingegaard. They were provided the exact same time for finishing in the similar group, but Pogacar received a four-second time reward for inserting 3rd in general.

“Maybe I hesitated a bit, and van Aert passed me,” mentioned Pogacar, who had what he termed a “soft” crash in a team pile-up in close proximity to the start out of the stage. “It’s a minimal bit disappointment, but 3rd place is still fantastic.”

The Tour has an additional mountain stage on Sunday with two group-one particular climbs.

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