Fabio Jakobsen has won the hectic second stage of the Tour de France in Nyborg. The expected fan spectacle did not materialize, as the riders on the Grote Beltbrug mainly had against the wind. Wout van Aert takes the yellow from Yves Lampaert.
A little after twelve the riders were ready Roskilde. This weekend, that place is a real feast for people, as the well-known rock festival Roskilde is also scheduled this weekend. The Rolling Stones will perform there this evening, but the riders will not experience much of that. They could only worry about the wind, which might blow hard through the Danish land.
After firing the starting gun, Magnus Cort immediately took off. The EF Education-EasyPost rider had already stated before the ride that he would go for the polka dot jersey and immediately took action on his words. Sven Erik Bystrom (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) and Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels) immediately crept along, Rollands teammate Cyril Barthe also managed to find the connection.
Cort and Bystrom put French refugees in their shirts
The peloton let them go with all their love, after which the focus quickly turned to the mountain sprints. Just before the first hill, the B&B drivers tried to surprise the other men, but they were not pleased. Cort won the mountain sprint ahead of Bystrom and the two decided to continue straight away, beating the French duo.
Cort was also the better of his companion on the next two slopes, but Bystrom was allowed to have the intermediate sprint and the red jersey number of his mate. In that intermediate sprint, Caleb Ewan dealt with Wout van Aert in the peloton, while men like Jasper Philipsen, Mads Pedersen, Alexander Kristoff and Dylan Groenewegen did not move at all.
In the last ninety kilometers the nervousness in the peloton increased noticeably, but the real wind gusts did not come for a long time. Remarkable: Mathieu van der Poel raced in the last wheel of the peloton all afternoon and did not show himself for a moment in front, while he had indicated in advance that he wanted to stay as close to yellow as possible.
Falls in front of and on the great Belt Bridge
At forty kilometers from the finish there was a crash in the peloton, with Krists Neilands (Israel-Premier Tech), Patrick Konrad (BORA-hansgrohe) and Martijn Tusveld (Team DSM) as the main victims. It seemed to be the start of a hellish final phase, but it was not that bad. However, the lonely Bystrom was brought in.
Just before the Belt Bridge there was another fall, with Rigoberto Urán (EF) and Kevin Vermaerke (DSM) as men lying there. On the bridge itself there was another crash, with yellow jersey Yves Lampaert, Ruben Guerreiro, Alberto Dainese and Michael Morkov. The Team DSM sprinter was the biggest casualty at first sight.
Lampaert was able to return to the peloton, partly due to the headwind. Urán and co also succeeded a little later, which said a lot about the pace in the peloton. Nevertheless, it went up again a little later, at about five kilometers from the finish. From that moment on it was full preparation for the sprint.
Jumbo-Visma, Alpecin-Deceuninck, Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl; it was one big fight towards the last three kilometers, which in any case was achieved by all GC riders. Bob Jungels fell to the ground moments later, in the rear regions.
Two kilometers from the finish it went completely wrong: a gigantic crash in the back half of the peloton, with about thirty riders involved. Quick Step and Jumbo-Visma were in any case through it and directed the pace at the entrance of the final kilometer.
Lampert took the lead in the last corner, with a perfect lead-out from Trek-Segafredo afterwards. Van Aert took the lead, but it was Jakobsen who overwhelmed everyone in the final meters. What a win, what a man!!!
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