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Wout van Aert had just concluded one of the most remarkable performances of anyone in the Tour de France with a thrilling sprint victory on the Champs-Elysees in Paris when he was asked about his Olympic ambitions.
The breakthrough Belgian star, who also won a time trial and mountain stage on the iconic Mount Ventoux, will be lining up at Musashinonomori Park on Saturday for the road race before tackling the time trial a few days later.
"I guess I'll try to win both," he said with what amounted to an audible shrug, "but of course it's going to be really difficult. Though for now, I'm still overwhelmed by the victories of this weekend."
There's the rub: Nobody quite knows how van Aert and the rest of the riders who will be jetting from the finish line in Paris to the starting line in Tokyo this week will perform after three hard weeks riding around France.
Cycling stands out among Olympic sports for having its biggest, most prestigious event serving as an appetiser to the Summer Games and overall Tour winner Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia will also be competing in Tokyo.
Only two riders to compete in the past five Olympics won a stage at the Tour before winning a road race medal, and one of those stage wins was Fabian Cancellara's victory in a time trial in 2008.
The other was Greg van Avermaet, who struck gold at the Rio Games after winning the sixth stage of the Tour to cement his status as Olympic favourite.
Much like his countryman van Aert did this year.
Other riders have also used the Tour to ride into form for the Olympics.
Paolo Bettini spent eight days wearing the king of the mountains jersey before winning gold at the 2004 Athens games, where Axel Merckx - who eventually won the king of the mountains classification - grabbed the bronze medal for Belgium.
And at the 2000 Sydney Games, Germany's Jan Ullrich followed his second-place Tour finish to Lance Armstrong - who, of course, was stripped of his win - by winning the gold medal from a three-man breakaway.
But for the most part, the three-week grind of the Tour de France tends to leave riders weary when they line up for the Olympics.
Take as an example the 2012 London Games.
The British were still celebrating three stage wins by sprint superstar Mark Cavendish along with Bradley Wiggins' overall title at the Tour de France the previous week when the duo lined up on The Mall with the hopes of the home nation riding on their shoulders.
Everything unravelled for the four-man British squad, though.
Wiggins and teammates David Millar, Ian Stannard and Chris Froome never factored into the race, and Cavendish missed the key move, leaving him out of position to sprint for the win.