Belgian cycling star Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) had had enough of his three second places on the first three Tour de France stages in Denmark on Tuesday.
So when the Tour hit French soil, van Aert snatched the victory on Tuesday’s 4th stage after a great finish, where he drove alone on the last ten kilometers.
Van Aert put the rest of the field in place on the final climb of the stage and was not up for grabs thereafter.
It was Belgian in the first two places of the stage, as Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) won the main field sprint, shortly after van Aert had crossed the finish line.
Philipsen raised both arms, and it immediately seemed that he thought he had won the stage. But that was not the case.
Danish Magnus Cort (EF) expanded his lead in the battle for the polka dot mountain jersey during the stage.