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Tour de France: Mathieu van der Poel powers to victory in second stage


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Mathieu van der Poel, the prodigiously talented grandson of Tour de France legend Raymond Poulidor, won the 183.5km second stage of the race from Perros-Guirec to the steep climb of Mûr-de-Bretagne, near Pontivy.

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The stage came to life on the two ascents of the final climb, the Mûr-de-Bretagne, in the Côtes d’Armor region. On the first ascent, the Tour debutant Van der Poel accelerated, but failed to carve out a significant gap and was caught by race leader Julian Alaphilippe as he reached the summit.

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On the approach to the second and final time up the Mur, Ineos Grenadiers worked hard to control the race, but as the peloton turned left and began the 2km ascent to the finish, Geraint Thomas’s team was swept aside first by Nairo Quintana, of Colombia, and then a flying Van der Poel, whose second attack proved far more telling than the first. The 26 year old Alpecin–Fenix rider also assumed the overall race lead, lifting the yellow jersey off the shoulders of his rival Alaphilippe, who had won Saturday’s first stage in Landerneau.


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