What on earth was Wout van Aert doing on stage six of Tour de France?

What made the Belgian attack?

Wout van Aert
(Image credit: Getty)

If you were watching stage six of the Tour de France and were perplexed as to why the yellow jersey of Wout van Aert was in a breakaway of three, then you can find solace in knowing that the entire peloton were also scratching their own heads.

The Jumbo-Visma rider began the day with a 13 second general classification lead on EF Education-EasyPost's Neilson Powless, but contrary to decades-long tradition, the race's leader was intent on populating the day's breakaway, trying multiple times to make one stick until one finally did after 80km. The opening two hours were ridden at a pace in excess of 50kmh.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.