After the carnage of stage one at the Tour De France
, Mathieu Van Der Poel has taken an emotional first victory on day two of the 2021 Tour. With his win today Mathieu will now start the third day as the holder of the yellow jersey and leads the overall standings.
We believe this makes him the first rider to win a mountain bike World Cup and a Tour de France stage since Cadel Evans, a truly awesome achievement. He also becomes the first rider to win a Mountain bike World Cup and Tour de France stage in the same year following his Short Track victory in Nove Mesto.
Mathieu Van Der Poel played a strategic race and after the last breakaway rider was brought back into the peloton he launched an attack on the first ascent of the final climb. Other riders followed with attacks as they headed up the final climb, but Mathieu attacked again inside the last kilometre and no one could match his pace. Mathieu crossed the line six seconds up and secured his first Tour De France stage victory just 18 months after the passing of his grandfather, Raymond Poulidor, a past seven-time Tour De France stage winner.
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