In danger of being called a fanboy, I'm still gonna say it. Van Aert is being used as a lap dog for Vingegaard. If he was a bit more selfish or had a team for his own he could have won at least 2 more stages, probably more.
If Vingegaard ends up losing his yellow in the TT and/or climb finishes Van Aert has every right to be downright pissed. He didn't need to wait today. Vingegaard would have been perfectly fine on his own.
Like he would have won this stage if he didn’t wait. That’s just Jumbo putting some extra feathers into Wouts already full a$$.
It turned out quite good, especially because Kuss was superb. But Wout should already be very happy that he was allowed up the road while having a team mate defending yellow. And he only dropped back once it was clear that he would not get back to Houle.
Oh and don’t get me wrong, Wout is great. But he is getting great support this Tour from great teammates that he wouldn’t have in many other teams.