Tour de France 2022: Wout van Aert gives his green jersey to a spectator

CYCLING – “Take off my green jersey, it’s yours”. This supporter will remember his journey on the roads of the Tour de France for a long time. After arriving at the top of the Col du Granon this Wednesday 13 July in the Hautes-Alpes, Belgian Wout van Aert descended on his bike to join his team’s bus, which stayed lower in the valley.

He then experienced a “minor technical problem” with his rear tire deflating. After stopping, an onlooker told him that fluid was leaking from his wheel. An Englishman then gave him a pump to inflate his “tubeless”, a tubeless tire that entered the professional world in the mid-2000s. It allows you to drive longer and have a small margin in the event of a puncture.

“Mechanical problem in the descent of the Col de Granon. Fortunately, my tubeless tires did their job well. I traded my green podium jersey with a fan for some lifesaving air. It was a good day,” wrote on his Twitter account the winner of 8 stages on the Grande Boucle since the beginning of his career, as well as several great classics such as Milan San Remo or Gent-Wevelgem.

With already two victories this year, Wout van Aert was one of the key players in these first two racing weeks, both in the sprints and in the mountain stages. He also took part in his team’s takeover on Wednesday in a daunting stage that saw Dane Jonas Vingegaard several minutes ahead of his main rivals.

Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, victim of a breakdown, lost the yellow jersey and is now 3rd in the general classification. He is also preceded by the Frenchman Romain Bardet.

“We were prepared for this, we wanted to take the yellow jersey. First we started with Primoz (Roglic) to attack and the goal was to make the Pogacar team suffer,” Wout van Aert explained after the finish. “I was supposed to be in the breakaway, it was part of our plan (…) Being at the front also allowed me to get extra points for the green jersey, so it’s a good operation. But the main goal of the day was the overall.

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