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Tour de France 2022 Stage 4 gallery: Wow-t van Aert

5 Jul 2022

Words Robyn Davidson Photos Pete Goding

Just when you think Wout van Aert couldn’t possibly exceed expectations any more, he breaks away in the yellow jersey to take a solo win on Stage 4 of the 2022 Tour de France

Van Aert’s Jumbo-Visma team played it to perfection, setting a fierce pace on the final climb of the Côte du Cap Blanc-Nez to blow the peloton apart.

This launching pad doubled as a sensational slingshot for the Belgian, who went clear on his own near the top of the climb and fought off the sprint teams all the way until the finish. 

He even had enough time to wave his arms like a bird in celebration. 

To add insult to theoretical injury for a peloton caught on the back foot, Alpecin-Deceuninck’s Jasper Philipsen celebrated his second place like he had won, unaware that the yellow jersey had already taken the honours. 

Relive the drama and delight through the lens of Pete Goding.

Thibaut Pinot watch before the start in Dunkerque.

As riders gathered at the start line, a minute of applause was held in honour of the victims of the mass shooting in Copenhagen. 

These bloody cyclists, riding eight abreast...

Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education-EasyPost) and Anthony Perez (Team Cofidis) took it upon themselves to form a two-man breakaway on a stage that contained six categorised climbs. 

The duo delighted the crowds. Cort continued to sweep up points and add to his tally in the mountains classification, but not without an entertaining fight.

Meanwhile, back in the peloton, Chris Froome cuts a familiar figure.

Eventually Cort sat up with 44km remaining and returned to the peloton. Perez lasted 30 more kilometres as the last man on the road, earning him the combativity award for the stage.

It looked to be a regular day won from a bunch sprint...

But Wout van Aert isn’t a regular rider.

After three consecutive second places in the first three stages of the 2022 Tour, Van Aert finally went one better by arriving at the finish in Calais all on his own. 

Unfortunately, no-one told Jasper Philipsen. After the stage, he said the team were all ‘a bit too far back’ when Van Aert attacked and there was ‘a bad connection’.

As far as celebrations go, it’s not the worst. Red Bull gives you wings.

A familiar sight. 

Cort continues to lead the mountains classification, but we’d give him all the awards for that moustache alone.

And of course, Tadej Pogačar still holds on to the young rider jersey. 

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