How one phone call from Wout van Aert led to the Belgian riding the Tour de France

Visma-Lease a Bike sporting director Merijn Zeeman reveals Van Aert said he wanted "to do something special"

Wout van Aert
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Wout van Aert made clear that he wanted "to do something special" this summer at the Tour de France in a phone call with Visma-Lease a Bike’s sporting director, Merijn Zeeman, which led to him getting a spot on the team.

Visma-Lease a Bike revealed on Thursday morning that the Belgian would be part of the team’s squad that travels to Florence next week alongside Jonas Vingegaard

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.