Van Aert denies Cavendish record as Pogacar triumphs

19 July 2021 04:20:57 GMTPlus10

Belgian Wout van Aert won the final stage of the 2021 Tour de France, with UAE-Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar taking the overall yellow jersey.

Pogacar can be backed at 9/2 to win the men's road race at the Olympics 2020 with Wout van Aert 6/1 to come out on top.

Slovenian talent Pogacar finished first in the general classification with a time of 82 hours, 56 minutes and 36 seconds to claim his second Tour de France after victory last year.

Dominant for almost the whole race, Pogacar won by more than five minutes with Dane Jonas Vingegaard in second and Richard Carapaz coming third.

As for van Aert, his triumph denied Mark Cavendish the chance to set a new record of 35 stage wins in the Tour de France with the 36-year-old Briton unable to come out first in the bunch sprint on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

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Cavendish won four stages this year and has equalled the Tour record of 34 set by Eddy Merckx.

Victory for van Aert means he has won three stages at this year's Tour -  a time trial, a mountain stage and a bunch sprint - demonstrating excellent versatility.

And he described the win as "priceless".

Following the victory, Van Aert said: "This Tour has been amazing - it's been such a roller-coaster and to finish off with a win like this is beyond my expectations.

"I guess I have put myself in trouble because I have to catch a flight tonight [to the Olympics] and all these interviews will take a while, I'll have to see if I can get there but I'm definitely not sorry that I went for it today.

"A victory like this is priceless, so thanks to my incredible small team."

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