Tour de France. Wout Van Aert leaves doubt as to his participation

Tour de France. Wout Van Aert leaves doubt as to his participation
Tour de France. Wout Van Aert leaves doubt as to his participation

Eight weeks after his terrible fall on Across Flanders, Wout Van Aert will make his comeback to competition this Thursday at the Tour of Norway (May 23 to 26). A return that raises many questions as the big start of the Tour de France takes place in a little over a month.

Questioned by the RTBF on his possible participation in the Grande Boucle, the Visma-Lease a Bike rider declared: “It’s a possibility but it’s really too early to say definitively. First, I’m going to ride here in Norway and then we’re going to analyze what’s possible for the future, so yes, it’s really too early to say. »

“I hope to improve during this week”

Victim of a broken collarbone, sternum and seven ribs on March 27, the 29-year-old Belgian was unable to participate in the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, two cycling monuments that he wanted added on his record.

After weeks of painful rehabilitation, Van Aert has no sporting ambition for his return to the peloton. “I hope to improve during this week. I have no ambition in terms of results, I hope to help the team and find my limits in the race to progress”he added, still on the microphone of the RTBF.

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Made up of four stages, three of which are hilly, this Tour of Norway could be decisive in the rest of the season for the native of Herentals. If his legs are not up to par, or worse, if he still feels pain, Van Aert could give up on the 111th edition of the Tour de France, which will start from Florence on June 29.

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