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Mathieu Van Der Poel Makes History at the Second Stage of the Tour De France

Jun 27, 2021 at 9:56
by Ed Spratt  
Mathieu Van Der Poel s return to World Cups will be a challenge after two years away.

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.

For more info on the race, visit CyclingTips.

Top 20 results for Stage 2

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  • 305 24
 well now I know I cant look at pinkbike before I watch the days TDF stage.......
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 It took several years of complaints in the comment section before they stopped posting DH race results in the headline...
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flag mbl77 (Jun 27, 2021 at 10:30) (Below Threshold)
 E-bike road cycling coverage coming next...
  • 7 21
flag VPS13 (Jun 27, 2021 at 10:37) (Below Threshold)
 You could filter it out of your home page so it doesn't come up before you watch
  • 15 7
 You fuckers!
  • 69 44
 @mbl77: let’s have some horse riding results in next week too
  • 10 4
 @VPS13: sorry for my ignorance, how do you filter TDF results from the page?
  • 64 16
 @jaame: formula one results would be f*cking awesome too pinkbike! Just spoil all my weekend sport on demand recordings.
  • 5 39
flag Fix-the-Spade (Jun 27, 2021 at 10:50) (Below Threshold)
 @Chalchalero: spoiler, it was two mercs and versmashem on the podium again...
  • 14 61
flag m4tth3w (Jun 27, 2021 at 11:04) (Below Threshold)
 Why is pinkbike commenting on the TdF?
  • 89 0
 @m4tth3w: I’m guessing because a rider who is regularly at the top of mountain bike race standings just made a big move in a grand tour.
  • 19 7
 What a pratt posting a spoiler headline.
  • 38 7
 Poor show Pinkbike. Personally I don't mind spoilers about MTB results because only a moron would be on here before they'd watched the race. But you just don't expect to see TdF results on here - and there are probably a lot more of us into road racing than you think.
  • 210 3
 We blew it spoiling this for the TdF fans, I had to remind the team that "don't spoil event results" also includes road bike results. Won't happen again!

We try to be really good about not spoiling MTB events with replays for the day of the event, but we feel the day after is fair game on a bike news site.

When you see headlines like "X wins the Swiss National Championships" or whatever, it's because there's no broadcast or replay to spoil so we just post the news.
  • 9 39
flag vinay (Jun 27, 2021 at 13:08) (Below Threshold)
 @brianpark: I used to read race reports and results in Dirt Magazine back when it arrived every other month. They went out of print a few years ago but just in case there is still another magazine that takes this same approach, ideally don't write the race results in the headline until two months after the race. Thank you, much appreciated.
  • 7 25
flag bogey (Jun 27, 2021 at 13:19) (Below Threshold)
 @brianpark: The new headline is just as bad. Looks like many of us won’t be checking Pinkbike for a few weeks!
  • 24 3
 @Chalchalero: Verstappen runs a way with it, and it's a really boring race.
  • 113 4
 @bogey honestly, we're going to avoid blatant spoilers but yes, huge road race fans should avoid internet until after they've watched the replay.

Literally every non-MTB cycling site I checked just now has the results on the homepage. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. too. The real reason they all do that is to win the race to the bottom chasing Google search results. We're not in it for that, so we can afford to be vague in the headline. But we're not going to avoid reporting on a HUGE result in cycling's biggest race from a professional mountain biker.
  • 3 2
 @Nygaard: And now you know the EWS winner based on the bike check article posted on the same day,
  • 9 222
flag thenotoriousmic (Jun 27, 2021 at 14:05) (Below Threshold)
 @brianpark: why’s it even on a mountain bike page in the first place? First ebikes, then XC and now this? It’s like we’re being trolled. I was just as delighted as any other mountain biker to witness hundreds anorexic methheads horrifically injured in yesterday’s pile up but nobody needs to see this. I mean have you seen the physique on these guys? It’s unsettling to look at. How do you manage to contain 97% of your body mass in their thighs? Sorry but if you can’t even bunny hop you should be nowhere near the front page of pinkbike. Also post more BMX racing.
  • 142 3
 @pourquois-pas We're a bike news website. We often post bike checks from people who didn't win as well. I believe we set up Jack's bike check after his excellent result in the first race, not because he won the second one. Smile

@thenotoriousmic you don't think MVDP can bunnyhop? I should probably start working on Pinkbike Academy 2022: Roadies vs Pinkbike Commenters...
  • 42 0
 @brianpark: that, would be an absolute epic academy.
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flag thenotoriousmic (Jun 27, 2021 at 14:21) (Below Threshold)
 @brianpark: he’s good for a snide spd hop at best any skills he might have had dabbling as a dirt roadie would have been lost after years and years of sniffing lines of EPO daily. And yes I’m totally up for that as long as it doesn’t involved peddling and roadside blood transfusions.
  • 32 0
 @brianpark: Annoying road lovers and haters alike with one headline is some feat.
  • 65 1
 @thenotoriousmic: You're the most ignorant person I met on the internet today.
  • 78 1
 @TheJD: @thenotoriousmic: i normally don't comment much, and especially not on stupid shit like this. but I kinda need to distance myself as a pinkbike reader, as do probably a lot others as well, from the stupidity you spit here about "delighted" by "horrifically injured" people, on top of that bike riders...
so to anyone that read his comment: i hope your disdain for road racing as a discipline, involving all its problems, does not impair your kindness towards other people in generall, even said racers! Be most excellent to each other!
  • 19 1
 @brianpark: Exactly - it's a bike site... if people didn't watch it yet and don't want to know the results maybe a BICYCLE site isn't the place to go? Even PB covers major highlights of the TDF so there would always be a chance of a spoiler.
  • 26 2
This is a totally fair point. If you don’t want spoilers for a bike race, then don’t go to a bike news sight. Why so much hate on an article that is just celebrating someone’s victory?
  • 25 0
 @thenotoriousmic: or did you want to see him on a mountain bike?

Yes. He rides like that on a 100mm xc bike. Can't wait for this new academy season.
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flag thenotoriousmic (Jun 27, 2021 at 15:12) (Below Threshold)
 @TheJD: or maybe I’m saying ridiculous shit I don’t really mean for giggles. I’m quite clearly not being serious am I? Can you even snort a line of EPO?
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flag feldybikes (Jun 27, 2021 at 15:23) (Below Threshold)
 @brianpark: “MVDP Makes History…” isn’t a blatant spoiler? BITD when TdF coverage was a 30 min recap on ESPN8–the ocho— I used to know where to cover the CRT monitor with my hand on the homeoage to check the TVs schedule (seemingly random every day) so as not to spoil the results. Now, the youtoobz algorithm is smart enough (or I’ve trained it well enough???) to give me the non-spoiling NBC sports recap at the top of my feed. But I agree with other posters we should not be fearful of spoilers on Pinkbike, regardless of where else it may be in the internet. Suggested alternate headline “exciting results for TdF stage 2” (Intended as constructive criticism though I recognize it may come across as rant-y.)
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 @sspiff: I guess I shouldn't be surprised given that he'd rather chase an MTB Olympic gold than the TdF, but that's awesome! MvdP v Pidcock could be one of the all time great cycling rivalries.
  • 21 0
 @brianpark: are you 110% all of these people actually ride bikes?

Props for engaging in the comments. As a Dad of 7 and 9 year-olds, I can sympathize with the patience required to respond rationally time after time.
  • 15 1
 @thenotoriousmic: you’re just the worst
  • 4 15
flag thenotoriousmic (Jun 27, 2021 at 17:25) (Below Threshold)
 @mtallman2: agreed.
  • 9 0
 @brianpark: Yes, MVDP is one of US. Now he's also one of Them. Story of the day in my book.
  • 6 0
 @sspiff: Holy hell thank you for that video, that's some great stuff, not even counting the fact that it's on an XC bike.
  • 6 1
 You should have watched it this morning like everyone else.
  • 4 3
 In fairness, they didn’t post the result in the title. He could have made history by being the first one to finish a TdF stage on a Penny Farthing. I know, I know, unlikely, but still…
  • 10 0
 @thenotoriousmic: trying to backpedal your shitty comments once you are backed into a corner. I'm not surprised at all. HaHa. "just kidding, I'm not really an a*shole. it's just a prank bro"
  • 17 2
 You can't expect a bike related site to not post bike related news just because your personal schedule doesn't allow you to watch the event within a reasonable amount of time. I think Pinkbike does a pretty good job of not posting results so you can have time to watch it. Most other news sites would post results immediately. If it matters that much to you, why not just watch the event live. Otherwise stop your moaning.
  • 17 2
 @thenotoriousmic: Mvdp would 100% destroy you on whatever bike whatever terrain you pick
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flag thenotoriousmic (Jun 28, 2021 at 0:23) (Below Threshold)
 @chris-brown225: He wouldn’t even get down the trails id pick let alone beat me down it. Nice try though.
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flag thenotoriousmic (Jun 28, 2021 at 0:24) (Below Threshold)
 @Spencermon: not trying to back pedal anything just pointing out to simple minded morons like yourself that it was an obvious joke. How many lines of EPO do you need to snort before you forget how to bunny hop?
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 @thenotoriousmic: What's wrong with you man?
  • 1 0
 @sspiff: Is that video from the same trail that Nino Schurter scared Claudio Calouri in his Bla Bla Run a year ago? Looks very similar in parts.
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flag thenotoriousmic (Jun 28, 2021 at 1:18) (Below Threshold)
 @esmo: Your guess is as good as mine or maybe just don’t take everything literally and use some common sense before getting offended by silly stories? You’re not children, you should know better. Have a nice day. Wink
  • 1 1
 FWIW I got spoilered by the TdFs own emails! No idea how I’ve even ended up subscribed to them anyway, and they put the bloody spoiler in the subject!
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: fair play. No real harm done but refreshing to see someone put their hand up and take a lesson from the experience. Well done Pinkbike!
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 @thenotoriousmic: It was only a joke? oh my goodness. I'm so glad to hear that you only joke about being delighted in road bike crashes. I guess I am just a simple minded moron to not have seen how your joke shows no insensitiveness on your side. Go your way my good man. Continue making jokes at the expense of others so that we may all laugh at your poor taste in attempts at humor.
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flag thenotoriousmic (Jun 28, 2021 at 6:53) (Below Threshold)
 @Spencermon: Stop with the false outrage and admit you enjoy a good roadie pile up as much as the next pinkbiker. There’s a reason pinkbike decided to post it, they know what we want.
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 @brianpark: make it happen, i wanna see commenter carnage
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flag jaame (Jun 28, 2021 at 7:40) (Below Threshold)
 @thenotoriousmic: keep them coming. I love a good roadie pile-up. I also think that roadies look unhealthy to the point of being borderline disgusting. I also hate roadies getting in my way all the time all over the Yorkshire Dales when I’m driving my car. Totally entitled bunch of selfish c*nts they are. Thinking they own the road and they don’t even pay road tax. They break all the laws and don’t have number plates. Scourge of the roads they are and the sooner they get legislated against, the better. For these reasons nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing a good roadie pile-up. Well, that’s not exactly true. There are things that give me greater pleasure, but you get my point.
  • 13 3
 @jaame: you and @thenotoriousmic are two c*nty peas in a c*nty pod.

please, tell us all how the world would be better if we just let you two smoothbrains make all the rules! lmfao
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 @conoat: the irony of these sad commenters, is that the article is about a Roadie that is capable of stepping off road biking for a weekend and podium on MTB World Cups (first place most of the times) like it was just training for him. Same case for the kid riding for INEOS.

While it will never happen the other way around, no mountain biker will ever get a top spot on Le Tour.
  • 5 1
 @thenotoriousmic: I will not admit that because I don't relish the suffering of others. Maybe when you grow up you'll understand more.
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flag thenotoriousmic (Jun 28, 2021 at 9:16) (Below Threshold)
 @jaame: Absolutely hilarious. Couldn’t agree more. Something needs to be done about these packs of wild bastards riding double file 25 strong treating our National parks like a private race tracks. I’m sandwiched between the lakes National park and the dales national park and all the roads are famous tour of Britain roads so it’s impossible to go anywhere without being stuck behind them and they always send you hate mail when you beat them on downhill road sections on your mountain bike on Strava. Subhuman scum, I’m off to watch crash compilations which unsurprisingly have huge view counts. Wink
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flag thenotoriousmic (Jun 28, 2021 at 9:22) (Below Threshold)
 @conoat: Haha. Two c*nty peas in a c*nty pod. Lol. Get involved dude, it way more fun over here.
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 @thenotoriousmic: Pinkbike shows road bike stuff because their sister site is Cyclingtips, and in the is case MVdP also rides MTB. It’s not rocket science
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flag jaame (Jun 28, 2021 at 9:58) (Below Threshold)
 @Narro2: Cadel Evans went the other way no?

People just don’t get it. Too many packs of feral road bike scum holding everyone up all the time around here. If you lived here too you’d understand . Taking up the whole lane and driving at 1/4 of the speed limit. Crying about you passing them “only 97cm away when the law REQUIRES 1m50... we’re entitled to take up the whole lane for mile after mile while having a good chinwag and paying no attention to the line of 28 cars that’s behind us. We’re entitled to be here. We’re valid road users. They will just have to wait.” Absolute c*nts. I hate them with a passion and my nine year old son does too. I even allow him to say the words “c*nt” and “twat” when we’re in the car stuck behind the roadie wankers. If they would just ride in single file up hills it would be a big improvement. Farmers in tractors have the good sense to do that around here, because they understand that they’re holding everyone up driving at 17mph when the limit is 60. If only cyclists weren’t so selfish they might also do that when the opportunity presents itself. c*nts.
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 @jaame: you are missing the point, Cadel never won a Tour just for training for his MTB, while the roadies i mentioned do take a break from Road biking in MTB just to train and they demolish. Evans had to step full time into roadbiking, CAdel Evans, that's a name I hadnt heard for a long time, thanks for reminding me.

dude come on, stop with the Pseudotrolling
  • 5 0
 @jaame: road tax hadnt existed in UK for more than 70years.
Its Vehicle Excise Duty. Noone in the public directly pays for the roads. It's done through taxation and distribution via local government.
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 @mashrv1: pinkbike doesn’t show road stuff only crashes and that dude that has to do a backflip over the tour of France that undoubtedly happens every year and whenever they post road content I’ll be there trolling. Someone needs to keep this page on the straight and narrow.
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flag thenotoriousmic (Jun 28, 2021 at 11:12) (Below Threshold)
 @jaame: Nice my kids not allowed to hurl abuse at them as tempting as it is but that’s my job he is however allowed to blast them in the face with a water bottle when we can eventually get past.

Roadies really are terrible people. At pro level they’re all doing performances enhancing drugs and having roadside blood transfusions while at novice level they’re blocking ambulances and causing random traffic jams in really unsafe locations. It really is the sport of the me, me, me’s.
  • 7 0
 @Louh73: There are a whole lot of people on this site who have serious impulse control problems.
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flag jaame (Jun 28, 2021 at 12:03) (Below Threshold)
 @thenotoriousmic: I’m not saying they’re all c*nts, but most of them are. My mate is a roadie but he is also a mountain biker. He goes out with the roadie wankers from his visage every week and he says he won’t ride on the outside because he doesn’t agree with two abreast riding - it pisses him off too much when he’s driving when people ride like that especially when it’s a bunch of eight or more. He also told me there is this one guy called Trev who is just always looking for an argument with motorists. One time he stopped in front of a woman driving a Discovery because she passed him too close. I mean come on, we all know women lack depth perception so it was hardly a surprise. Total c*nt that Trev guy and there are more like him. It’s on every day. It’s like the Guardian for roadies. “Poor little me, watch how this selfish motorist drove past me only 87cm away from me, and he was going 62 in a 60 the ignorant c*nt. I had to put him straight, try to get a ride out of him and then point to my helmet cam so he wouldn’t give me the hiding I deserved.”
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 @brianpark: lol “post only exactly what I want to read!” -angry pinker
Stoked to see content like this. Glad Pinkbike keeps a semi-broad range here, cycling in all forms is great. Keep fighting the good.. reporting?
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 @thenotoriousmic: I don't know what it is about this site, but people here are really odd. They seem to get set off by anything that isn't: virtuous & pandering; puns.
  • 1 1
 @Spencermon: to be fair, more than a few roadies might enjoy watching a pile up. As long as no one is seriously hurt, it's just a sport.
  • 1 1
 @brianpark: Obviously the main focus for Pinkbike is mountainbiking and this particular TdF stage win was mainly mentioned because the rider mentioned in the article competes in mtb racing too. That said, if you want to expand horizons one discipline I like is BMX racing. They used to cover it in Dirt magazine until fifteen years ago or so but I feel that the link between BMX racing and MTB racing is much closer than that between MTB racing and road racing. Not saying you need to do it for me. I've already got to read about this stuff. But if you're looking to expand horizons, this may be an interesting direction.
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: make sure to invite Sagan, Pogacar, and MvdP.

I’ll spectate (or be humiliated if you invite me) (:
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flag thenotoriousmic (Jun 29, 2021 at 6:42) (Below Threshold)
 @vinay: Wholehearted support the inclusion of BMX racing. BMX racing is beyond mental. They’re doing 40mph on kids bikes over massive jumps with seven other riders chilling in their back pocket. Real talent unlike road biking which basically comes down to who’s the best at pedalling and who can take the most performance enhancing drugs without having a heart attack.
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flag thenotoriousmic (Jun 29, 2021 at 6:47) (Below Threshold)
 @sonuvagun: There’s a lot of new people here don’t understand the rich and toxic history of the pinkbike comments section. They take something you’ve said out of context feign outrage and then try to act like they’re better than you. More fuel for the fire. Do not feed the trolls. Wink
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 @thenotoriousmic: Yeah, but that wasn't necessarily the reason for my suggestion. I just feel that there is more interesting stuff that crosses over between BMX and MTB (pumping, cornering, jumping etc) than between MTB and road (pedaling). As for calling them "kids bikes", look again. Modern race BMX have a proper long wheelbase!

Either way, I do agree that BMX racing isn't receiving the respect it deserves. I live in The Netherlands. They're sending three male and three female BMX racers to the Olympics (if the Olympics go on) but for 2020, they were actually allowed to send eight racers. Because there are only six medals to win in Olympic BMX racing, the governing body was considering to only send six actual BMX racers and send two more track cyclists who'd only roll down the start hill, then pull over (so obviously not make to the next round) to then go on to compete in track racing. The idea being that athletes are allowed to compete in one more discipline other than the one they qualified for, the they flipped that and abused the BMX racers. One more reason I hate the Olympics with a passion. It is not the celebration of sports it claims to be. It is just a crapload of nationalism and money making over the backs of athletes, natives (having their homes bulldozed for the construction of the site) and women (with former Eastern European athletes still not being acknowledged and compensated for the physical and mental abuse they were subject to when they were supposed to "do their country proud").

Oops, sorry for the rant. Having BMX as part of a high profile sports event is cool and all, but it is upsetting to see how medals for a country are somehow more important than having the absolute best athletes throwing down the best performances.

TL;DR: Sorry again. BMX racing is cool.
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 @sonuvagun: "horrifically injured" try again.
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 @Spencermon: I didn't write that so it's not on me.
But, if you took that quoted part seriously then there's nothing I can write to help you.
Good luck.
  • 2 1
 @vinay: I love BMX racing.
  • 4 1
 @thenotoriousmic: yeah sure, take it easy goblins
  • 2 0
 @sonuvagun: feels like a good time to remind ourselves of the very popular video series we all love to watch on Fridays.
  • 1 0
 @mtallman2: ooooooh, checkmate.
  • 88 0
 Now he's just gonna show up at Audi 9's
  • 45 1
 Wins Fest Series, but we never hear about it
  • 50 19
 Maybe mention he holds the jersey because he won the bonus time earlier which was equally as strategic. If you're gonna be spoiling the fucking thing make an effort to write a real article
  • 20 11
 This article is the equivalent of that sign holder of my Sunday afternoon.
  • 4 4
 @Eatsdirt: That was brutal. What were they thinking??
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flag glen-allaire (Jun 28, 2021 at 3:28) (Below Threshold)
 And he’s going to quit on his teammates in a week or so and let them finish the race at a disadvantage … great teammate… Also the top guys have to save energy for the whole 3300 km as opposed to him who is going to quit in a couple of stages… QUITTER
  • 2 0
 @mobiller: They weren't. And now that sign holder is being sued for stupidity.
  • 1 0
Mvp a quitter? You have no idea what you’re talking about.
Lots of guys don’t finish the tour, plenty of them end up crossing the finish in the groupetto.
Most riders his size never sniff yellow.
Most teams the level of his provide little to no presence for their sponsors.
He’s done multiple leadouts to try and deliver stage wins to his teammates.
He buried himself today, out of respect for the race and jersey, perhaps just because he won’t be able to climb tomorrow so it’s his last day In yellow… or perhaps to give wout the bump he will need now that primoz is off gc track for jumbo…
The guy is putting on a show and a clinic.
You’re out of your element Donnie.
  • 30 0
 MTB & road peloton… Could he become the first rider to ever road gap over himself?
  • 25 0
 Super human effort. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Definitely one for the history books, as it’s the first time a father and his son have held the yellow jersey. One of, if not the greatest rider of this generation. Bravo Mathieu.
  • 23 1
 His dad won two TdF stages, but never led the race/wore the yellow jersey. His grandpa (Raymond Poulidor) finished 2nd twice in the TdF and won many stages, but also never wore the yellow. Amazing family all around, no matter what!
  • 22 0
 @nsteele: Adrie van der Poel held yellow for one day after stage 4 of the 1984 tour, but did not receive it during the ceremony because the organizers made a mistake. He was given the jersey afterwards at the hotel he was staying at.
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 @islandlife98: Ok, then. Didn’t know that. I stand corrected.
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 I thought it was nowhere near as impressive as Alaphilippe yesterday. Holding off that group for over 2km was ridiculous.
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 @jclnv: Alaphillippe was impressive but van der poel attacked twice and no one had an answer for either of his attacks. He led a massive attack 17k out of the finish up a hill to get the 8 second time bonus and then he attacked again for the final climb and no one was close to him for either. He took king of the mountain and the yellow jersey today with those last two climbs. Honestly van der poels last 20k was the most I’ve ever enjoyed watching road riding.
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 @Daledenton: It was a great ride for sure but going from over 2k to go and having Latour chase as hard as he could and not get any closer was crazy. Similar to what he did at Worlds when you had Wout etc chasing and they didn’t get any closer.

MvdP is mega but he’s pretty limited on climb length and steepness, Horses for courses I guess but I think that’s why he’ll struggle to beat Pidcock in XCO.
  • 1 0
 @jclnv: they’re both going to struggle to beat each other, makes for great racing!
  • 24 1
 Lachlan Morton is doing the challenge this year!! Unsupported tour riding all of it no transfers! Strong!
  • 23 0
 He’s fast, faster than you, bike’s clean, yellow jersey’s brand new
  • 21 0
 Felt like I was watching xc short track. He destroyed the entire field.
  • 20 0
 Amazing stage, amazing result. Chapeau MvdP
  • 3 0
 Full power and strategy, really happy for him! Great success!
  • 17 1
 @brianpark just wanted to say you are doing a good job at dealing with this one. It’s amazing how harsh people can be on the internet. If you are really that upset by this, remember you are fortunate enough to even have the ability to use the internet (aka its a first world problem so check yourself before you wreck yourself). Feedback is completely fair game but some people are totally out of whack.
  • 4 1
 Also forgot to mention something relevant to the article which is: wow MVdP is a force to be reckoned with. The official TdF 9ish min stage highlight does a great job of showing the effort/emotion that went into the stage victory and the story/dedication to his recently passed away grandfather who was a very accomplished TdFer.
  • 17 0
 He needs full season in EWS Wink
  • 20 8
 He's not washed up yet
  • 1 0
 @parkisatool: he'll manage Razz
  • 14 0
 Maybe they should hold up a sign.
  • 12 0
 Boss! Poupou is proud
  • 11 1
 I may have shed a tear as well during his interview
  • 13 3
 Reading comments it appears many mtb bro’s are secret roadies Wink
  • 5 0
 It definitely is not a problem.
  • 13 1
 Road bikers who don't mountain bike are lame and mountain bikers who don't road bike are slow
  • 8 0
 And as a bonus, he even holds the dotted jersey for best climber.
  • 9 0
 What a beast
  • 8 0
 That's Dope!
  • 6 0
 He finally could honour his granpa who was a legend in France but could mever wear the yellow jersey. Cool’
  • 1 0
 This is a really cool story you guys could tell the mtb comunity
  • 2 4
 So emotional when he crosses the finish line completely exhausted... You can feel some unseen forces are giving him this last unhuman strength ..
  • 3 1
 @PauRexs: Enough allegations!
  • 4 0
 Literally nothing MVP cant do. After the tour he will be feeding five thousand people with nothing more than three croissants and a pain au chocolat....Whilst walking on water,
  • 12 6
 what's with all the spoiler titles lately?
  • 9 11
 No fucks given whatsoever by the editor...
  • 19 5
 We blew it spoiling this for the TdF fans, I had to remind the team that "don't spoil event results" also includes road bike results. Won't happen again!

We try to be really good about not spoiling MTB events with replays for the day of the event, but we feel the day after is fair game on a bike news site.

When you see headlines like "X wins the Swiss National Championships" or whatever, it's because there's no broadcast or replay to spoil so we just post the news.
  • 2 0
 Forgetting about Michael Rasumussen? The Chicken may have been transporting bovine blood byproducts in shoes, and I can't recall if he won a WC XC, but he sure did win the rainbow jersey one year.
  • 6 2
 Be ready to cry when you see the highlights from the website... very emotional...
  • 4 3
 What a contrary lot you PB commenters are. When I complained that PB posted a spoiler hours after Vali's crash on her race run I was voted into oblivion. And that was actual MTB news. Now everyone is upset about a TdF spoiler.
  • 4 1
 Ahhhhh the TDF... The scenery, the fans... where the worlds best doctors (and their spandex clad monkeys) face off in the worlds premier sports medicine challenge!
  • 1 0
 I gotta say, this really shows you how competitive pro XC MTB has gotten! For a while, road racers had the mindset that the pinnacle of shear fitness was on the road-side. But seeing MVP both win and lose with similar frequency atelite-level competition across both disciplines in my mind shows that XC MTB takes insane fitness to win that is comparable to road racing fitness!
  • 4 0
 11th showing for a Canuk! Ya Michael Woods way to represent
  • 2 0
 Wyn Masters went cyclocross racing against Vanderpoel here Would be interesting to see them doing a downhill sesh.
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know if MVDP could win the whole tour? The rules and team politics are so confusing. Can he just hang on to the yellow Jersey? Or is there some roadie reason that wouldn't happen
  • 1 0
 Probably too big to climb. Stranger things can happen.
  • 2 0
 The people who complained about getting news from a mtb news site about a mtber in the TdF should be thrown into an active volcano.
  • 3 1
 came here hoping he jumped it and they gave him the win, left disappointed.
  • 3 0
 He basically can do it all on any type of bike. Incredible.
  • 1 3
 (Thomas Pidcock entered the chat)
  • 4 1
 @aaronjb: [Pauline Ferrand-Prevot rolls her eyes.]
  • 2 3
 Those crossover athletes are quite amazing, but it's far from "any type of bike". The covered disciplines are fairly dominated by plain old leg power, with bike handling alone being, yes, very necessary, but rarely the deciding factor.
  • 2 0
 @justinfoil: dude, you get my point. I’m also willing to bet he’d be just as comfortable and fast on a DH or enduro bike. The guy has it.
  • 1 0
 @extratalldirtrider: 100% he'd be fast, but I'm not 100% he'd, say, qualify for a World Cup without a real good chunk of specific workouts and practice; as opposed to how he can just jump from XC to cross to road and back seemingly without any trouble. Also not saying DH or enduro athletes aren't fit, but it's completely different animal going fast there vs the other styles.
  • 2 0
 MVDV vs Roglič vs Pogačar, now thats the battle I can really get stoked on!
  • 3 0
 Hur, pinkbike comments go vrooom.
  • 2 0
 pinkbike comments go ugha ugha
  • 1 0
 Has any rider in the history ever winning a stage of the tdf, a XC world cup race and a DH world cup race?
Would it make it to be a triple crown?
  • 1 0
 Next TDF stage he will be racing on his hardtail with semi-slicks to make racing a little more interesting and fair for the other riders!
  • 1 0
 Look at all those Red-White & Blue flags! LOL!!! Americans are spending far too much time worrying about the pigment in their skin! Fools!
  • 2 0
 Mathieu Van Der Po'h my god!
  • 3 1
 Lachlan Morton is the real history maker in this Tour.
  • 1 0
 Next weeks Friday fails needs to include Pelton crash in the reel. So epic crash…
  • 2 0
 The “Force” is strong with this one.
  • 2 0
 Sam Hill would win on flats.
  • 1 0
 The greatest cyclist on the planet today rides cyclocross, mountain, and road.
  • 1 0
 You guys watching this for free anywhere?
  • 2 0
 @Molesdigmyjumps: Cheers! I’ll check it out!
  • 2 5
 "we believe"? Did you rush this out so fast you couldn't even fact check it? I'm not saying either way, but come on, you're supposed to be one of the premier mountain bike sites around, you should be able to verify something like this before publishing.
  • 1 0
 Rumors say he wants to compete at DH worldcup next
  • 1 0
 Now only a DH World Cup/Champ win is missing... Wink
  • 3 2
 I thought this site was dedicated to ebikes?
  • 1 0
 Luckily he was on my Fantasy TDF League team for this round
  • 1 2
 Not going to throw fuel on the fire. I hope lesson learned PB.
  • 3 5
 amazing achievement but... he's hardly making history if Cadel Evans has already done it.
  • 6 1
 As noted in the article. Smile
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