July 31, 2021

A BOLA – Van der Poel wins second stage and wears yellow by grandfather Poulidor (Return to France)

The Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) won this Sunday the second stage of the Tour de France, at the Wall of Brittany, in a day full of symbolism. He thus achieved an assumed feat before the race started – wearing the yellow jersey, something never achieved by his grandfather, Raymond Poulidor, the cyclist with more appearances on the final podium of the French race, in a total of eight – three times he was second and five times he was third.

Van der Poel attacked in the last kilometer of the 183.5 km from Perros-Guirec and cut the finish at 4:18.30 hours, six seconds ahead of Slovenians Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates) and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), who arrived together. As soon as he crossed the line, he pointed to the sky in dedication – Poulidor died in 2019.

Thanks to the bonuses, the 26-year-old Dutchman, on his first Tour, wears the yellow one, succeeding Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and leads with an eight-second advantage over the Frenchman with defending champion Pogacar in third position, to 13 seconds.

As for the Portuguese, Ruben Guerreiro (Education First) was 32nd, 23 seconds off der Poel and Rui Costa (UAE) lost 2m10 and reached 65th place. In general, Guerreiro climbed 22 places and is 34th (more 2m43), Costa is 70th, taking a leap of 26 places (more 7m53).

On Monday, the third stage will be a flat 182.9 km link between Lorient and Pontivy.