Biking – Tour de France – Stage 21 – Chatou to Paris Champs-Elysees – France – July 18, 2021 Crew Jumbo–Visma rider Wout van Aert of Belgium holds a child as he celebrates on the rostrum after successful stage 21 REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
July 19, 2021
(Reuters) – Belgium’s Wout van Aert arrived on the Olympic Video games on Monday someday after successful the final two phases of the Tour de France and mentioned there was not a lot left in his legs after the gruelling three-week tour.
The 26-year-old will probably be chasing gold in each the boys’s street race and particular person time trial however his first precedence was restoration, he instructed Belgian tv reporters on arrival.
“For the time being there may be not a lot left in my legs. It was a protracted journey however I’m glad I’m hear. Fortunately I managed to get an opportunity to sleep (on the airplane),” he mentioned.
Van Aert was the winner on the Champs Elysees on Sunday after earlier sending out a robust message about his prowess for the Olympic time trial gold when he gained Saturday’s twentieth stage, a 30.8-km particular person time trial from Libourne to Saint-Emillion.
Then on Sunday, he was first over the road once more in mass dash end after a 108.4km ultimate stage.
Thereafter adopted a touch to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport to fly to Japan, together with group mate Greg Van Avermaet, who was the street race gold medallist in Rio de Janeiro 5 years in the past.
“The flight was higher than anticipated, we weren’t caught lengthy at customs management both. We anticipated it to be worse,” mentioned the 36-year-old Van Avermaet.
“We made the precise determination to fly to Tokyo instantly after the Tour quite than spend an evening in Paris. I hope to get better slightly bit and get stronger over the subsequent 5 days. Overcoming the jet lag would be the hardest half and we additionally should adapt to the temperatures,” he added.
The lads’s street race is on Saturday and the person time trial subsequent Wednesday.
(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape City; Enhancing by Christian Radnedge)