Wout van Aert has won the closing stage of the 2021 Tour de France, the Belgian all-rounder nailing the final of his three incredibly diverse stage wins of the race.
He won the double ascent of Mt Ventoux, he won Saturday’s final time trial and backed up to win Sunday’s final sprint on the Champs Élysées.
“This Tour has just been amazing, it has been such a roller coaster,” he said. “To finish off with a win like this is beyond expectations.”
Wout’s win dashed Mark Cavendish’s dream of winning a fifth stage of this year’s Tour and, more importantly, win number 35 which would have made him the all-time Tour stage leader.
Instead, Mark Cavendish remains on 34 tour stage wins meaning it’s highly likely he’ll be back at his signature race in 2022.
Tadej Pogacar won his second consecutive Tour with Jonas Vingegaard second and Richard Carapaz third.
Aussie Ben O’Connor finished 4th, an outstanding effort and the highest ever final placing for an Australian on Tour debut.