Last Tuesday (11), through a statement, Wout van Aert denied the rumors that he would leave the Tour de France 2023, which began to emerge when the cyclist left the competition to attend the birth of his son. Mattias Skjelmose, during an interview, when asked about the situation, the athlete confirmed the rumor.
With the return to competition, after the day of rest, Wout van Aert commented on the false information and his team, Jumbo-Visma, also issued a statement in the face of the event. “I guess it’s not news to you that my wife is pregnant again and we are expecting a boy. I just had a quick call to my wife to check she’s ok and luckily she’s ok so I don’t know where she’s coming from. But I’m on the Tour and hopefully for as long as possible”, said the athlete.
The cyclist also spoke about the start of the rumors: “I have no idea where that kid got that. I have never talked with him. But I’ll ask him tomorrow. Maybe he wants me to go home. My team director informed me that the last part of the race, so I was a bit prepared for that. I was happy to be able to make the call and it was all just a rumour. Maybe there are some guys in the pack who want me to go home”.