'It’s never easy to win a stage of the Tour de France', but Wout van Aert makes it look like it, again

Belgian wins his second stage in five days, and is dominant in the points competition already

Wout van Aert
(Image credit: Getty Images)

The Swedish artist Carl Gustaf Pilo had a solid line of work in paintings of members of the Danish Royal Court in the 18th century, works of art that were clear in their elevation of kings and queens above their subjects. He painted monarchs like Frederik V of Denmark, who so liked being puffed up by the Swede that he purchased 50 of them between just 1748-1767 alone.  

Pilo would do great paintings of Tadej Pogačar and Wout van Aert, the two men who are markedly above everyone else at the Tour de France so far, almost on a different plane, as if they are absolute monarchs. Van Aert's win on Saturday was his second in five days; it broke a streak of two consecutive wins for Pogačar.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.