Colossal victory of Mathieu Van der Poel in the Brittany wall in a second spectacular stage in the Tour of Francia that the grandson of Raymond Poulidor with a double attack on the mythical summit that has also served to position him as the new leader of the general classification of the French round [Así vivimos la 2ª etapa del Tour de Francia 2021].

The cyclist of the Alpecin-Fenix He demarcated with force just over a kilometer from the goal and although he had rivals such as Sonny Colbrelli who tried to follow the wheel, opened a terrible hole that no one could solve. Imperial victory of a unique cyclist who received the yellow award with tears in his eyes.

The Tour de France is responding to the high expectations it had generated since its inception, with the first days of many heights and explosive arrivals in which the most spectacular riders could show off. And the script is working out like a charm with two high-flying winners and changes of leaders. On this occasion, the display was by an excited Mathieu Van der Poel, a true blessing for cycling.

The second stage of the race was presented as a much calmer day than the first, marked by numerous falls. Journey of 183.5 kilometers between Perros-Guirac Y Mûr-de-Bretagne. The pace was high from the first few meters, with a lot of fighting to find the escape and with some wind that generated the expectation that there could be fans, a circumstance that finally did not appear. The day also had some scares for renowned runners such as ‘Superman’ Lopez or Van der Poel, who had untimely punctures that forced them to make an effort to rejoin the peloton.

The leading role at the start was taken by the team Intermarket in the figure of Loic Fly, although he finally failed to get into the good break of the day, formed at kilometer 11 of the stage by Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Anthony Perez (Cofidis), Simon Clarke (Qhubeka-NetxHash) and Jonas Koch (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert). Then they joined Ide Schelling, mountain polka dot leotard, and Cabot.

Once the escape was established and calm was established, the difference grew over three minutes while in the peloton the task of pulling was carried out by the ‘tractor’ Tim Declercq, working for the leader Alaphilippe. In addition, the first drops of rain made an appearance. The stage had several guerrilla wars, one for the best climber’s jersey between Schelling, Perez and Theuns, and another for the green jersey among the sprinters with a lot of prominence from Cavendish, Caleb Ewan Y Tim Merlier.

As he passed the 100-kilometer-goal banner, the gap had already dropped considerably and he was playing with some margin over a minute and a half. The platoon’s intention to play for the prestigious stage victory at the Wall of Brittany was clear and it was showing. In fact, Edward Theuns decided to embark on a solo adventure to try to defeat that attempt and started just over 45 miles to the finish line. Several fellow escapees tried to hunt him down, but only Cabot was able to contact him.

The two made their way while the peloton was claiming victims and while it was entering the decisive phase of the stage. With 25 kilometers to go and with the favorite teams taking the lead to face the first step over the wall, the difference was practically non-existent. In fact, Theuns was hunted with 18 to go, just before Van der Poel started moving the tree.

Mathieu’s show

The multidisciplinary beast of the bicycle started at 16.5 kilometers to the finish, in the first pass over the Brittany Wall in what appeared to be an attempt to go solo in search of stage victory. However, the Dutchman had a plan that he drew up perfectly without anyone being able to prevent it. He went through the finish line first and added the existing bonus in the pass to take a small bite out of the general commanded by Alaphilippe. After that, roosters like Roglic, Pogacar and his own ‘Loulou’ They hunted him down, but Mathieu didn’t care, they had already taken his hook.

After that, they entered a circuit that would leave them for the last kilometers before playing the stage victory again on the demanding climb. On the way, Mohoric tried it, but with no luck, and already on the final ramps a surprising Nairo quintana that was seen without much future in the steepest sections of the wall.

There, Van der Poel executed the second part of his plan with a terrible demarcation before which nobody could do anything. I try Colbrelli and also Pogacar and Roglic, but no one could stop the Dutch missile that crossed the finish line first, was visited in yellow thanks to the bonuses and burst into tears after dedicating the victory to his grandfather Raymond Poulidor. El Alpecin leads Alaphilippe by 8 seconds, Pogacar by 13 and Roglic by 14. Enric Mas It is the first Spanish at 26 seconds. The main loser in the general was Geraint Thomas, which gave a few meters and is already 41 seconds in the general.

Classification of the 2nd stage of the Tour de France 2021

Classification of the 2nd stage of the Tour de France 2021

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Tour de France 2021 general classification

Tour de France 2021 general classification

Tour de France 2021 general classification

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