Van Aert carries on from where he left off

Wout van Aert wins his third stage of the Tour of Britain 2021

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The 2021 Tour of Britain was Wout van Aert’s first race since July, when he attained what was possibly the highest ever form peak of his career, to win consecutive stages during the final weekend of the Tour de France and silver medal at the Olympics road race despite being marked by every other rider.

Usually you’d expect a rider to take some time to retain that shape after spending several weeks away from racing, but at the Tour of Britain Van Aert picked up from where he left off, winning half of the eight stages and the overall title in what was yet another astonishing display of his all-round talent.