Wout van Aert Borrows a Pump From a Fan and Offers Him the Tour de France Inexperienced Jersey

Wout van Aert isn’t solely the present factors chief on the Tour de France however he’s additionally a category act. When a fan helped him out with a predicament after the end of Stage 11, he returned the favor with the literal shirt off his again.

After sprinting his means into the factors lead and pulling his workforce again into the fray on the Tour de France, Wout van Aert will need to have felt beneficiant.

The Belgian rider raged down the stretch on Stage 11, placing the warmth on race chief Tadej Pogačar. His effort helped fellow Jumbo-Visma teammates Primož Roglič and Jonas Vinegaard pedal again towards the entrance of the pack. Finally, Jumbo-Visma carried the day: Vinegaard captured the yellow jersey, and van Aert wore inexperienced after the stage.

However in van Aert’s case, he wouldn’t put on the factors chief’s colours for lengthy — at the least not actually.

When a bystander identified that he’d copped a puncture within the podium space, van Aert requested round for a pump. One other fan lent him one and, in return, van Aert handed him the maillot vert itself.

“Wout informed him: ‘You’re a hero’ and stated: ‘I’ve bought one thing for you, take the inexperienced jersey off my again, it’s yours,’” the fan informed Cyclingnews.

“What did I study from all of it? Be the primary to move a pump to Wout van Aert as a result of, in change, he might offer you a particular memento,” stated the opposite.

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Wout van Aert and Mathieu Van Der Poel on the assault throughout stage 11 of the 2022 Tour de France; (picture by Tim de Waele/Getty Pictures)

Speak about being in the precise place on the proper time. That’s additionally the place van Aert discovered himself within the race when he began his breakaway. Van Aert initiated the transfer apart a rival — fellow cyclocross racer Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck).

“The plan was to be within the breakaway and be the rider out entrance,” van Aert defined. “That Mathieu was on my wheel was a pleasant shock; it is going to be actually cool footage. We did a very quick first 30k; I actually loved it.”

On the ultimate climb, it was Vinegaard’s flip to drag away. With slightly below 3 miles to go, he dashed out entrance to win the stage and take the general lead.

“It was not simple, I used to be in entrance, prepared to assist Jonas and Primož towards the Granon, however apparently, Tadej Pogačar might chase down the fellows on a regular basis. So at that second, I assumed it was going to be laborious to do one thing. However I believe as a result of Laporte and I [broke away] initially of the stage, we made him endure already early on. That’s why Jonas might break free on the ultimate climb, van Aert stated after the rostrum ceremony.

“It was a very huge day; we ready for this present day — you might see we had been all prepared to offer it a go and assault the yellow jersey.”

To not point out the inexperienced one.

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