Tour de France 2021: Mathieu van der Poel wins stage two to take yellow jersey

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Mathieu van der Poel produced a superb ride to win stage two of the Tour de France and claim the yellow jersey in Brittany.

The Dutchman, 26, staged two attacks and powered home in a thrilling climax to the 183.5km route.

Defending champion Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic placed second and third.

As he crossed the line, Van der Poel pointed to the sky in tribute to his late grandfather, Tour de France great Raymond Poulidor.

Van der Poel, riding on only his second day on the Tour, takes the yellow jersey from Julian Alaphilippe, who won Saturday’s crash-affected opening stage and finished stage two in fifth.

Stage two results

1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned/Alpecin-Fenix) 4hrs 18mins 30secs

2. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE-Team Emirates) +6 secs

3. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) Same time

4. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Bora-Hansgrohe)

5. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +8 secs

6. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek-Segafredo) Same time

7. Jonas Vingegard (Den/Jumbo Visma)

8. Sergio Higuita (Col/EF Education-Nippo)

9. Pieree LaTour (Fra/TotalEnergies)

10. Jack Haig (Aus/Bahrain-Victorious)

More to follow.

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