Van Aert claims iconic Tour stage win
Belgium's Wout van Aert was the winner of Stage 11 of the Tour de France, after an outstanding display on Wednesday.
The Jumbo-Visma rider was the winner on the day, but it's Tadej Pogacar who held onto the yellow jersey and increased his overall lead, with the Slovenian now 1/1000 to win this year's event.
Van Aert described Wednesday's stage win as his "best victory ever" as he finished 1 min and 14 secs ahead of second-placed Kenny Elissonde on the double climb of Mont Ventoux.
Speaking after his win, the 26-year-old admitted: "I'm at a loss for words, it's so stupid to say. Of course I did not expect to win this stage before the Tour de France.
"Yesterday I already believed in it, I asked the team to be the guy to go for the breakaways. It's one of the most iconic climbs in the Tour, in the world of cycling. Maybe it's my best victory ever."
Meanwhile, Pogacar has taken a huge step towards back-to-back Tour de France titles, with his fourth-placed finish extending his lead at the top of the General Classification.
The UAE Team Emirates rider is now 5 mins and 18 secs ahead of second-placed Rigoberto Uran, with the Colombian finishing fifth on Stage 11.
Thursday sees the cyclists take on the challenge of Stage 12, which is a flat 159.4km race through Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux -Nimes, with Mark Cavendish looking for a record-equalling 34th stage win.