By Jean Francois Bate
to me With the dawning of the Tour de France (July 1-24), which was announced as tough on demand and offering very few opportunities to shine for honest sprinters, Wout van Aert rose as the favourite… in search of the green jersey. A realistic and assumed goal since the beginning of the season. To do this, the Belgian champion will have a high-profile close keeper, who can count on his compatriots Tiesj Benoot and Nathan Van Hooydonck as well as on France’s Christophe Laporte. A trio is dedicated to doing the dirty work, protecting it as much as possible, and throwing it away in case of bulky packages. “We have multiple goals, so we chose the best riders in various terrains. Jumbo-Visma sporting director Mirren Zeemann also deserved enough support in his search for stage victories and the green jersey,” explained Jumbo-Visma Team Wout.
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