Few doubt that Mathieu Van der Poel he is going to mark a legend in world cycling. Actions such as those of this second stage of the Tour of Francia, with a goal in the wall of Brittany, they only come to confirm what has been a certainty for a long time.
It can be said that Van der Poel won this stage not once, but twice. The first was due to an attack when there were still 16 kilometers to go to the finish line, after a much calmer day than the opening one. The Alpecin Fenix showed that it was going to be a day to be crowned, because after that start he later attacked again to neutralize an eventual response from Nairo quintana, who tried it back.
But it was the day of the grandson of ‘Pou-Pou’. The young Dutchman was very clear that he was not going to miss the opportunity to honor his legendary grandfather, Raymond Poulidor, and achieve what it had never achieved: wear the yellow jersey. Not even a puncture early in the day deprived him of what was written for him.
In the second step through the finish line in the day, with tears already welling up in his eyes, he crossed as the winner and the new leader of the general classification.
The emotion at being able to dedicate the victory to his grandfather, recently deceased, was such that he could not even speak to the media. Broken with excitementThus, he took revenge for the bad first stage, in which he did not have a good day due to the falls that took over the day.
After this stage, Van der Poel commands the general with 8 seconds of advantage over a Tadej Pogacar that he could not in a day that was called for the Dutch.
This time there were no stellar appearances by fans to be regretted, already well warned by the organization from the very start. The ‘banner’ of the first day has marked a before and after and it is expected that throughout this Tour they will be much more controlled.