Sunday Mirror



WOUT VAN AERT took stage eight of the Tour de France yesterday to consolidat­e his lead in the race for the Green Jersey.

Belgian star Van Aert (above) bagged his second stage win, in a reducedbun­ch sprint at the top of the Cote du Stade Olympique.

Green Jersey holder Van Aert, who now has a 115-point lead in the points classifica­tion over Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen, beat Australian Michael

Matthews after launching his sprint with 200m left. Tadej Pogacar took third to retain his Yellow Jersey.

Pogacar was in an early mass pile-up that brought two-time runner-up Nairo Quintana, two-time podium finisher Romain Bardet, fellow Frenchman David Gaudu, and 2018 champion Geraint Thomas to the ground – or grassy ditch.

The overall Tour leader said: “I was in the middle. I hit the ground, but it was one of the softest crashes I have ever experience­d!”

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