At 26, Van Aert is a jack of all trades. He can sprint, climb and time trial, but did not fight for the general classification, working in support of Jumbo-Visma leader Primoz Roglic.
Tour de France 2021: Australian Ben O'Connor wins high-altitude stagenine, Tadej Pogacar retains leader's jersey
UAE Emirates controlled the main contenders and their leader the 22-year-old defending champion Tadej Pogacar again hurt his rivals and strengthened his hold on the Tour lead, while Citroen AG2R man O'Connor hauled himself into second in the overall standings.
Tour de France 2020: Doctor, physiotherapist held over doping probe into Nairo Quintana released without charge
Police released the pair, a doctor and a physiotherapist, on Tuesday night, Marseille prosecutor Dominique Laurens said in a statement. Police took them in for questioning on Monday.
Tour de France 2020: Two people in custody as probe opened into suspected doping by Arkea-Samsic team
Reportedly, a search was conducted on riders from the Arkea-Samsic team, including Dayer Quintana, brother and teammate of Nairo Quintana, and members of the medical team.
Last year's winner Bernal dropped off the lead group on the long Grand Colombier climb and appeared to lose his chance of retaining the title as he dropped to 13th overall, 8 minutes 25 seconds off the yellow jersey.
Pre-Tour favourite Roglic has been the form man this season and after Sunday's second-place leads defending champion Ineos leader Egan Bernal of Colombia by 21 seconds.
Tour de France 2019: Nairo Quintana wins stage 18 as compatriot Egan Bernal rises from fifth to second in overall standings
The Movistar captain Quintana blew his lines in the Pyrenees, but gained almost six minutes on the main contenders to finish the first full day in the Alps sixth overall
Tour de France 2019: Australian Caleb Ewan picks up first-ever stage win as Julian Alaphilippe retains yellow jersey
Ewan timed his explosive burst to perfection, catching and overtaking Dutch sprinter Dylan Groenewegen right on the line after a long home straight. Elia Viviani was third on a finish designed for the pure sprinters
Tour de France 2018: Race leader Geraint Thomas warns rivals of squandering podium finish if they try to close down on him
Thomas moved a step closer to becoming Wales's first Tour champion when he came through the 18th stage to Pau unhindered and with his lead of 1min 59sec on Dutchman Tom Dumoulin.
Tour de France 2018: Frenchman Arnaud Demare wins 18th stage with sprint finish, Geraint Thomas retains lead
Arnaud Demare took advantage of one of the last sprint sections in the race during Thursday's stage 18 to win with a sprint finish, with Geraint Thomas retaining the yellow jersey.
Tour de France 2018: Movistar's Nairo Quintana runs textbook perfect race as Chris Froome cracks under pressure
It was Quintana who rode a courageous solo attack over the final climb, to earn a much deserved stage victory. This being the highest climb of this year’s route, meant the Colombian also earned the Souvenir Henri Desgrange for his efforts.
Tour de France: Chris Froome's race almost ends as policeman knocks him off bike after mistaking him for fan
Froome had put on his rainjacket and was cycling back to the Team Sky bus when a policeman on the side of the road mistakenly took him for a cycling fan. He tried to get Froome to stop and in the confusion Froome crashed.
Tour de France 2018: Colombian Nairo Quintana wins 17th stage; Chris Froome slips to third behind Tom Dumoulin
Colombian Nairo Quintana has won the 17th stage of the Tour de France, with Geraint Thomas retaining the yellow jersey and Chris Froome slipping to third place.
Tour de France 2018: From Richie Porte's premature end to Chris Froome's comeback and other talking points
At the end of a hard week of racing, the Tour is evenly poised with no single rider having a distinct advantage, and all but one of the top contenders still in the race.
"In the team time-trial on stage three we have Stefan Kung to lead us out and we can take time off our rivals there," said Richie Porte
Tour de France 2017 champion Chris Froome aims to complete historic double at 'vicious' Vuelta a Espana
Only two riders — Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault — have won the Tour de France and Vuelta in the same year and Froome hopes to add his name to the list.
Tour de France: From veteran Richie Porte to driven Mikel Landa, riders who can stun Chris Froome in 2018
After Chris Froome's shaky victory this time around, Firstpost looks at five riders who have the potential to end the Sky rider's juggernaut next year.
A look at how the 2017 edition of the gruelling Tour de France panned out after Chris Froome clinched yet another victory:
Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome is vulnerable, but his challengers need to step up to dethrone him
With the toughest Alpine climbs coming in the last week, here's our analysis on what lays in store for the riders, particularly Chris Froome.
If Landa maintains his impressive performance then he's going to be a serious threat to three-time Tour winner Froome's status as Sky's team leader.