Wout van Aert won stage 4 of the Tour de France in impressive fashion, going solo with 11 km to go and crossing the finish line in his yellow jersey.
After finishing second on the opening three stages of the 2022 Tour, Van Aert decided to take matters into his own hands and attack early with 11 km remaining, on the final categorised climb of the day. A chasing peloton wasn’t able to reel in an unstoppable Van Aert, who finished solo in Calais. Van Aert extends his lead in the general and points classification.
Wout van Aert:
“The yellow jersey gives me wings. This is certainly one of the most beautiful victories in my career. Winning in the yellow jersey is very special. Fortunately, I can start in this beautiful jersey again tomorrow.”
“I didn’t want to take the risk of losing again. It was quite obvious that we were planning something with the team. We were in a perfect position with Nathan [van Hooydonck] and Steven [Kruijswijk]. Nathan opened the battle. We heard through the radio that some damage was made, so I went full gas to see what would happen and in the final 10 km I went all out. I felt like flying in the last 10km, and it was real. It was special to ride alone in the yellow jersey and to take a stage like this."