April 14, 2024

Hard blow for Vingegaard

Wout Van Aert will not be taking part in his sixth consecutive Tour de France. Since discovering the event in 2019, the 29-year-old Belgian rider, who was forced to retire last year as he had done on his debut, had not missed a single edition. In 2024, for the first time since his first Tour, he won’t be there. The team-mate of two-time outgoing winner Jonas Vingegaard confirmed …

Wout Van Aert will not be taking part in his sixth consecutive Tour de France. Since discovering the event in 2019, the 29-year-old Belgian rider, who was forced to retire last year as he had done on his debut, had not missed a single edition. In 2024, for the first time since his first Tour, he won’t be there. The team-mate of two-time outgoing winner Jonas Vingegaard confirmed on Thursday at the presentation of the former Jumbo-Visma team, now known as Team Visma-Lease a Bike, that he would not be lining up at the start of the 111th edition of the Grande Boucle on June 29.he cyclo-cross world champion has decided to test his mettle on a Grand Tour other than the Tour de France, and has opted for the Giro d’Italia, which runs from May 4 to 26 next year.

A great loss for Vingegaard

Ever since he made his choice known, the Tour de France organizers had understood that there would be very little chance of Van Aert doubling up as Giro and Grande Boucle rider. This was confirmed on Thursday. I’m very excited at the idea of racing the Giro. Winning a stage will be my goal, more than one if possible.on his luxury lieutenant – he called him the best rider in the world last year – to help him achieve the Tour’s hat-trick. The Danish champion even speaks of a great loss for the team. It’s a great loss because he’s one of the best riders in the world. I hope we can still do it without him.