After his second places on all the stages so far in the 2022 Tour de France, Wout van Aert attacked with just over 11 kilometres to go for a solo win in Calais. The yellow jersey held off the peloton as Jasper Philipsen won the bunch sprint ahead of Van Aert's Jumbo-Visma teammate, Christophe Laporte.
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The amount of spectators on the roadside in Denmark for the first three stages of the 2022 Tour de France was phenomenal, pity the same can't be said of the racing. Ed Hood runs his cynical eye over the action so far and the implications for the three weeks to come.
Fabio Jakobsen gave Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl their second stage win out of two with a chaotic sprint in Nyborg. The predicted split on the big bridge on the run-in didn't materialise and the bunch thundered into the finalé. Wout van Aert was second on the stage to move into the yellow jersey.
At the end of a tough battle over the Flemish climbs and cobbles of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, top favourite Wout van Aert soloed to victory from an attack on the Bosberg from a split peloton. Sonny Colbrelli out-sprinted Greg Van Avermaet for second place.
All eyes are on cyclo-cross at the moment with three big stars causing all the talk, but the cross scene has seen 'super stars' before. Many big names from the road have been top men in the mud - Ed Hood takes a look back through cyclo-cross history.
On Sunday Mathieu van der Poel will start his cyclo-cross season in Dendermonde after a week's delay and in his first race he will fight it out with his 'arch enemy' Wout van Aert. In a Zoom interview the World champion looked ahead to his first 'cross of this winter and explained more about his crash.
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With last Sunday's Ronde van Drenthe, the curtain dropped on the European road season. As with every season there is a pile of statistics and thanks to WielerFlits and ProCyclingStats we can have a look at some of the more interesting numbers.
It wasn't to be Mark Cavendish's day as Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) showed again his phenomenal ability on a bike by winning on the Champs Élysées. The day did belong to Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) taking his second Tour de France.