‘I didn’t expect such a mess - it would be a shame not to try’: Wout van Aert didn’t plan on sprinting for victory on Tour de France stage seven  

The star rider started the day with the intention of just supporting his leader, but the plan quickly changed 

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Wout van Aert didn’t expect to have an opportunity to fight for victory on stage seven of the Tour de France 2020, but it was a chance he couldn’t miss.

The Jumbo-Visma rider started the day with the intention of supporting his general classification leader Primož Roglič, with the risk crosswinds could cause drama in the yellow jersey race.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.