The captain scored his and Spain's second by looping a header over Andriy Pyatov just before the half-hour mark, only for Fati to steal his thunder with a wonderful strike just three minutes later.
"It's going to be one of the young guys, I think, if you count Dominic Thiem as a young guy, as well. He obviously has a chance to win. Now I think it is the time where it gets really interesting. We'll see where we go from here," added the German.
"The decision was made I think by the supervisors, and as I said, they are just doing their job. There is nothing much I can say to that. I'm a little bit in shock right now, to be honest."
"Elite athletes like Xu Jiayu, Ye Shiwen and Wang Shun have already reached a high level. They set goals for themselves, and the attention from media and the public encourages them. Their desire to win and to fight at the Tokyo Olympics propels them forward."
Both sides have won their past two matches, and were eager to continue the run of good form. Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon caught a long pass from Zhang Chong and made a quick shot in the 23rd minute, helping Dalian take the lead for the first half.
The only other major issue for Real Madrid could be a lack of firepower, with Karim Benzema the club's top scorer with 21 league goals in 2019/20. The 32-year-old was excellent last season, but Zidane needs Luka Jovic to step up in order to take some of the pressure off the Frenchman. The coach will also hope Asensio, Vinicius and Rodrgyo can hit the target more often.
This was Van Aert's second stage win in the race, after the Jumbo all-rounder had also triumphed in stage five.
Cheptegei clocked in at 12 minutes 35.36 seconds to conquer Bekele's previous best of 12:37.35 which was set in 2004.
However Corinthians salvaged a point in the third minute of injury time when Jo capitalized on poor defending by side-footing a first-time effort past goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez after Leo Natel's cross from the right.
Zall's Brazilian forward Leonardo Baptistao sparked the contest into suspense with a powerful header to convert Li Hang's 67th-minute corner.
The re-appointment of Simiyu brought an end to speculation over who would take over the team that has struggled in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series since he left.