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“I can continue. I want to try to start tomorrow” – Wout van Aert refuses to give up on Tour despite bad crash

For Wout van Aert, the eleventh stage of the Tour de France ended with an X-ray examination ruling out any fractures. Why? Because the Belgian all-rounder hit the ground quite hard while setting up a position for Jonas Vingegaard. While Visma | Lease a Bike can celebrate a victory at the end of the day, Van Aert has somewhat mixed feelings on a personal level.

“I didn’t break anything. I had a bad fall but I already knew that,” he told Sporza after the check-ups. “I had scans to confirm that there was nothing wrong because I had pain in my arm. It’s a deep wound that has been giving me a lot of trouble. It’ll take some time but I can continue. I want to try to start tomorrow.”

Van Aert eventually crossed the finish line half an hour after Vingegaard. “I was in pain on the descents and the bumps but I was able to ride normally. I’ll see how it goes tomorrow. I have more injuries than my arm but that’s what worries me the most,” said the Belgian, who also severely scraped his leg and was wrapped in bandages after the eleventh stage.

Tomorrow’s stage to Villeneuve-sur-Lot would normally be Van Aert’s opportunity to throw himself into the mix for a sprint-like stage win, but with these hindering injuries it’s unlikely the 29-year-old will be left on the back burner to recover and compete another day.

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