Jumbo-Visma’s Wout van Aert told Belgian media that he has ambitions to someday try to win the Tour de France green points jersey, but next year may not be the time to try to do it because it will. is heading to the Tokyo Olympics after next summer’s tour with medal ambitions.”I want to do my best for the green jersey one day, but after [next year’s] Tour, we also have the Olympics, ”Van Aert told Belgian TV channel GARDENsports show Extra class Wednesday evening, according to The newspaper. “We will have to see how we approach this Tour with Tokyo in mind. “
Van Aert had enough freedom to win two stages of this year’s rescheduled Tour, and his points from those meant he finished fifth in the overall points standings. However, he spent the remainder of the race working in the service of Jumbo-Visma’s GC candidate Primož Roglič, with Van Aert showing what was a surprising aptitude for household chores in climbs in the Alps and Pyrenees.While Van Aert followed the Tour with second place in the World Championships time trial, eighth place in Gent-Wevelgem and second place in the Tour of Flanders, Roglič won Liège-Bastogne-Liège and now defends his title of Vuelta a España.
The weekend after the Tour, however, the two met as rivals, racing for their respective nations – Belgium and Slovenia – in the Worlds road race in Imola, Italy, after which the media Belgians gave a passionate response to the fact that Roglič did not do more to reimburse Van Aert in pursuit of eventual winner Julian Alaphilippe, the Frenchman, the Belgian having to settle for the money, as he did during the time trial.
Any potential friction – which neither Van Aert nor Roglič had ever said existed anyway – had clearly been long forgotten, with Van Aert congratulating his teammate on his Liege victory and current performance at the Vuelta, which has given Roglič a second stage victory and a decline to second place overall on Wednesday.
“I think it’s really great that he’s still this good,” Van Aert said on Extra class. ” I did not expect that. After missing the overall victory on the Tour, he won Liège-Bastogne-Liège two weeks later, proving he is a true champion. “