In the final meters, Van Aert powered past Pogacar and Matthews to win the uphill sprint finish of stage 8 of the Tour de France. The Belgian timed his sprint to perfection and extended his lead in the points classification.

Wout van Aert:

"I am thrilled with this win. I asked the team to control the stage because I was confident I could win. It's extra sweet when you can finish it off. You can't win this kind of stage without a team. It was a matter of fighting and surviving to stay with the best riders on the steep climb to Laussane. I knew I would have a good chance if I could get to the last threehundred metres. At first, I got a bit trapped by a GC-rider and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get out. Luckily, I saw an opening and was able to pass everyone."

"This was an important stage to increase my lead in the points classification. There was a lot of pressure on the final sprint anyway because Pogacar could take some bonification seconds for the yellow jersey. Fortunately, I perform at my best when the pressure is high."